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Cancer clinic for Palestinians at risk as funds run dry

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Cancer clinic for Palestinians running out of funds

A hospital in occupied East Jerusalem that provides treatment for Palestinians in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip is no longer accepting new patients due to an overarching financial burden.

The Augusta Victoria hospital, which is owned and operated by the Lutheran World Federation, may face closure due to unpaid debts from the Palestinian Authority (PA) that administers the occupied West Bank.

Describing it as part of the network of East Jerusalem hospitals that form the "backbone of the Palestinian health system", Walid Nammour, the hospital's general manager, told Al Jazeera that the PA owes the hospital 180 million shekels ($51m).

"Government bonds, donations, and the annual grant from the European Union have helped us get through financially difficult times," Nammour said, "but even after subtracting that from the debt, the PA still owes us 122 million shekels ($35m)."


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