Though The Electronic Intifada correspondent Rami Almeghari’s family has finally accessed medical treatment for his ailing wife, unlike other less lucky families in Gaza, the obstacles they have encountered are absurd.
Palestinians in Gaza needing urgent medical care are left with few treatment options because of Israel’s four-year-long blockade. Patients who are able to reach Egypt are oftentimes unable to afford or access treatment that can save their lives.
Eid Misleh spent 19 years in Israel’s prisons until he was released as part of a prisoner exchange agreed between Hamas and Israel. Back home among family in Gaza, Misleh told The Electronic Intifada about life in prisoner and the hardship of being denied family visits for eleven years.
The sense of joy was palpable in the streets of Gaza on Tuesday as released prisoners were greeted by celebratory crowds. The Electronic Intifada’s Rami Almeghari was there when the first prisoners arrived.
Families in Gaza wait to hear if their loved ones, imprisoned in Israeli jail cells, will be on the list as part of a prisoner swap deal that includes the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
A women’s tennis table team is set to leave Gaza for Jordan to participate in an international Arab table tennis tournament in October. The four-strong team is traveling for the first time since Israel imposed tightened closure measures on Gaza in 2007.