Following The Journey of One Palestinian Seeking Medical Care In Gaza : Consider This from NPR One Palestinian man's struggle to get life-saving medical care while living in the Gaza Strip highlights many lesser-seen victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Since the militant group Hamas took over Gaza 15 years ago, Israel's travel restrictions have resulted in many barriers for Palestinians seeking critical health care.

Palestinians can try to get medical treatment both in and outside of Gaza, but need a travel permit to choose the latter. And while Israel grants thousands of travel permits a year, the timeline for securing one can be long. Some doctors have also fled Gaza. All of these factors can pose dangerous delays for vital treatment.

NPR Jerusalem Correspondent Daniel Estrin followed one patient's difficult journey to get heart surgery.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

Following The Journey of One Palestinian Seeking Medical Care In Gaza

Following The Journey of One Palestinian Seeking Medical Care In Gaza

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Yousef Al-Kurd, who had chronic heart disease, waits for his turn to follow up with Dr. Saher Abu Ghali at Shifa Hospital. Fatima Shbair/NPR hide caption

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Yousef Al-Kurd, who had chronic heart disease, waits for his turn to follow up with Dr. Saher Abu Ghali at Shifa Hospital.

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One Palestinian man's struggle to get life-saving medical care while living in the Gaza Strip highlights many lesser-seen victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Since the militant group Hamas took over Gaza 15 years ago, Israel's blockade has resulted in many barriers for Palestinians seeking critical health care.

Palestinians can try to get medical treatment both in and outside of Gaza, but need a travel permit to choose the latter. And while Israel grants thousands of travel permits a year, the timeline for securing one can be long. Some doctors have also fled Gaza. All of these factors can pose dangerous delays for vital treatment.

NPR Jerusalem Correspondent Daniel Estrin followed one patient's difficult journey to get heart surgery.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Matt Ozug and Brianna Scott. It was edited by Larry Kaplow and Ashley Brown. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.