The Palestinian Ministry of Health (PMOH) appealed Sunday to concerned bodies to intervene to lift the Israeli army's tightened control over main hospitals in the West Bank city of Nablus.
A statement issued by the health ministry called for urgent intervention to end the siege that the Israeli army has been imposing on the Rafidia and the national hospitals of Nablus over the past 24 hours.
Nablus city has been exposed to it's harshest Israeli attack since 2000, within what Israel claimed to be an 'offensive against wanted Palestinians'. The statement said that the blockade on the aforementioned hospitals would hamper medical relief for hundreds of Palestinian residents, especially those suffering from kidney failure, and neurological, nervous or cardiac diseases.
The health ministry’s press release confirmed that tens of patients have been denied access to the hospitals due to the ongoing closure in the vicinities of such hospitals. The statement appealed for an emergency intervention by the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross as well as other relevant human rights organizations to take responsibility for the safety of medical crews inside and outside the besieged hospitals.
Since the early hours of Sunday morning, the Israeli army has been conducting large-scale searches and arrests across Nablus under the pretext of chasing wanted Palestinians. Local sources confirmed that six residents from the Rafidia neighborhood were taken prisoner after their houses were thoroughly searched by the Israeli soldiers.
The sources maintained that the Israeli actions have been omnipresent in other parts of the city including Nablus’s old town.