The delegation was to participate in a medical conference in Jerusalem, and Israel had given a green light for all 19 of its members to travel through its territory. Hamas vetoed the participation of five people who had been selected by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, which is led by rival terror group Fatah. As a result, the World Health Organization called off the participation of the entire delegation.
« The conference is organized by the network of hospitals in East Jerusalem, in cooperation with WHO, to support and develop the hospitals of Augusta Victoria (al-Muttala’), al-Maqassed, St. John Eye, Red Crescent, Saint Joseph and Princess Basma. Dr. al-Badri pointed out that the remaining members of the delegation (9 doctors nominated by the Ministry of Health in Gaza and 5 doctors from NGOs) were not banned. »
PCHR noted that the conference was « an opportunity to reach understandings among parties at a time in which the deterioration in medical shortages and restrictions on medical transfers lead to increased suffering of patients requiring medical treatment within or outside the Gaza Strip. »