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LWF-run hospital treats Palestinians

Augusta Victoria, a hospital owned by the Lutheran World Federation and supported by the ELCA, treated 60 Palestinians wounded in a clash with Israeli police at a holy site in Jerusalem this fall. One Palestinian died after he arrived at the hospital in East Jerusalem, said head doctor Tawifiq Nasser, who believes some of the injured were struck by live ammunition.

Israeli forces also entered the hospital — a move protested by LWF General Secretary Ishmael Noko in an Oct. 2 letter to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Noko asked for the forces to withdraw, saying he had received reports of Israeli soldiers firing on Palestinian protesters from hospital premises.


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