Palestinian children receive treatment for cancer at a hospital in Gaza City. AFP / MAHMUD HAMS
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More than 50 Palestinians died waiting for Israeli visas to travel for medical treatment last year, with only around half of all applications granted, new figures showed Tuesday. A total of 54 Palestinians died awaiting permits in 2017, the World Health Organization said, in what activists called an overly bureaucratic system that deprives Palestinians of their right to health care.High-quality medical care for conditions such as cancer is not possible in Gaza, largely due to a shortage of facilities and Israel's restrictions on imports of key medical technology it argues could be seized by Hamas for military purposes.Of more than 25,000 applications to travel for treatment in 2017, only 54 percent were granted in time for their appointments.
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