Heart-Wrenching Journey: Gaza Patients Forced to Leave Jerusalem Amidst Tears and Uncertainty!

Israeli authorities are organizing the return of a group of Palestinian patients who had been receiving medical treatment in hospitals in East Jerusalem back to this week.

Dr. Fadi Atrash
Dr. Fadi Atrash (Image source: Twitter)

The group comprises 22 Gazan , including five newborns and their mothers, cancer patients who are now in remission, and a few companions who accompanied them, as stated by hospital officials. These patients had been granted permission by Israeli authorities to travel to East Jerusalem for advanced medical care, most of them prior to ' attack on Israel on October 7.

According to hospital officials, the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), a body under the Israeli defense ministry responsible for Palestinian affairs, has been urging East Jerusalem hospital authorities for months to provide a list of patients who no longer require in-patient medical treatment so they can be returned to Gaza.

The patients listed, as confirmed by COGAT, are expected to be transported via buses to the Kerem Shalom crossing on the border between Israel and Gaza on Wednesday.

One of the patients, Nima Abu Garrara, expressed concerns about returning to Gaza with her newborn , worrying about their safety and access to necessities like diapers and milk. She lamented the changed circumstances in Gaza, fearing potential military actions by Israel.

Despite the desire to stay in East Jerusalem for safety reasons, returning to Gaza is no longer an option for these patients. COGAT stated that those no longer in need of medical care are being repatriated to Gaza, with arrangements coordinated with international aid organizations. However, many patients, torn between safety and longing for their families, express deep apprehension about returning to Gaza, which has been heavily affected by prolonged conflict.

Hospital officials, including Dr. Fadi Atrash, CEO of Augusta Victoria Hospital, expressed frustration over the situation, noting that they were compelled to comply with Israeli authorities despite their efforts to continue treatment for patients from Gaza.

Individual patients, like Mohammed, who has been separated from his due to his medical treatment, express profound sadness and regret over the necessity of leaving East Jerusalem, despite their desire to be reunited with their families in Gaza.

In preparation for their return, patients at Makassed Hospital are packing their belongings, resigned to a trip they have no choice but to undertake, while grappling with uncertainty and longing for home.

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