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WHO, OHCHR and hospital staff discussing the incident in the hospitalWHO Head of Office makes solidarity visit to Hebron hospital where patient was abducted and cousin killed

WHO Head of Office makes solidarity visit to Hebron hospital where patient was abducted and cousin killed

Jerusalem, 17 November 2015 – WHO Head of Office for the West Bank and Gaza, Gerald Rockenschaub, visited Ahli Hospital in Hebron today to express “solidarity and concern” over the latest and most serious incident in a series of incursions into Palestinian health facilities by Israeli security forces. 

Dr Rockenschaub, the WHO advocacy team and a fieldworker from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) met with Ahli hospital medical director, Dr Jehad Shawar, and senior hospital staff and eyewitnesses to understand the chain of events that occurred on November 12 when 21 armed men entered in disguise at 3 am to arrest a patient from the hospital. In the arrest operation, a family member was shot and killed and a second family member was left handcuffed to the bed in the patient’s room, which housed four other patients at the time.

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