With Palestinian Authority denying Diab permission to enter Israel from Gaza for life-saving treatment, Palestinian social media described her death as “the martyr of the siege on Gaza.”
By MAAYAN GROISMAN
Marah Diab, a ten-year-old girl from Gaza who suffered from kidney failure, died Wednesday night after endless waiting for permission to leave Gaza for life-saving treatment, Palestinian media reported on Thursday.
In an interview to Al-Jazeera, the girl’s father claimed that the family had contacted a Jenin resident who was ready to donate a kidney for the girl, but the move was prohibited by international law. Thus, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas decided that the girl should be transferred to Israel to get a kidney transplant.
However, according to Diab’s father, Palestinian Authority Health Minister, Dr. Jawad Awaad, opposed Abbas’s decision. As a result, the family blames Awaad for their daughter’s death, claiming that he “killed her when he refused their request to transfer the girl to a hospital in Israel in order to get a kidney transplant.”
Following her death, Diab has been described on Palestinian social media as “the martyr of the siege on Gaza,” who died as a result of the closure of all the border crossings connecting Gaza to Israel and Egypt.
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