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Iraq seeks ban on Israeli medical help

MPs angry over reports that Baghdad organization sending Iraqi children to Israel for treatment.

May 15, 2008 14:38
Iraq seeks ban on Israeli medical help

iraq bomb victim 298.8. (photo credit: AP)

The Iraqi parliament is angry over reports that an organization in the capital has been sending Iraqi children for medical treatment in Israel. A parliament statement confirmed reports about this enterprise, even though government sources previously said it was untrue, according to Al-Jazeera. The statement, released by the parliament's Health and Environment Committee, said the activities of this organization, which is operating out of Baghdad's Green Zone, was harmful both to the Iraqi people and to the government, since there are no diplomatic relations with Israel at any level, and this practice is a violation of the Arab League's boycott policy of Israel. The committee demanded the government investigate the matter and take the necessary legal measures against the organization, if the allegations prove to be accurate. A source at the Iraqi Health Ministry told Al-Jazeera the organization included Iraqi and American medical doctors and that it worked in conjunction with an Israeli organization. The Iraqi Health Ministry insisted it had no knowledge of this organization's operations and that all the sick people the ministry sent outside of Iraq for treatment were sent through legal channels.

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