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Care for collaboration
Group says Israel is denying urgent medical care to Gazans unless they agree to spy.
Last Modified: 09 May 2009 12:31 GMT



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Israel's intensive strike on Gaza earlier this year, left many residents in need of urgent medical treatment - treatment that simply is not available in the Gaza Strip.

Many attempt to leave, journeying to the Erez crossing in the hope of making their way to Jerusalem for treatment.

However, recent data collected by the group Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, alleges that Israeli security forces are denying Gazans urgent medical care unless they agree to become collaborators.

Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

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