The Palestinian Center For Human Rights published a report on the Israeli violations and assaults against the medical teams in the period between September 1, 2002 until December 31, 2004.

The report also documents the Israeli policy of closures imposed over the Palestinian territories and its effects on the residents and the work of the medical teams in providing the needed medical care to the residents.

“This is a direct breach to the Geneva conventions concerning protecting the civilians during war”, the center reported, “It violates the 1949 Geneva Convention and the additional protocols issued in 1977”.

Four physicians and nurses were killed during the period of the report, which raises the number of medical teams members killed since the beginning of the Intifada to 19, 450 were injured.

38 ambulances were completely destroyed by the Israeli army, and its shells and tanks, dozens of hospitals, clinics and health care centers were shelled, including Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, which was suspected to repeated shelling during the Intifada.

Siege imposed over the Palestinian territories barred the medical teams from transferring urgent cases to the hospital, which left 68 residents dead.

The army also repeatedly barred the medical teams from entering several Palestinian areas, in order to provide the needed medical help to the wounded and the sick.

The center added that it documented all of the violations carried out by the Israeli soldiers against the medical teams and medical facilities which is a direct violation to the International Law and the Fourth Geneva Conventions.