Troops Prevent NGO From Helping Trapped Africans

IDF Turns Away Doctors From Border No Man's Land

By Haaretz

Published September 06, 2012.

Israel Police barred on Thursday members of an Israeli physicians’ NGO from providing aid to African migrants who have been trapped between the fences on the Israeli-Egyptian border.

For the past week, 21 Eritrean migrants, among them a 14-year-old boy, are trapped between the fences on the Israeli-Egyptian border and are guarded by IDF troops.

Earlier in the day a delegation from the Israeli chapter of Physicians for Human Rights arrived near the border, in an attempt to administer medical aid to the trapped Eritreans.

However, policemen barred the physicians from accessing the migrants, citing the recent declaration of the border area as a closed military zone.

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