The Malta Independent 15 April 2024, Monday
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Bernard Grech meets injured Palestinian girl in Malta for treatment

Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 19:32 Last update: about 3 months ago

Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech met with young Selah Hajras, a victim of Israeli bombings in Gaza, on Wednesday.

Hajras is in Malta to receive medical treatment for her injuries, and she received a gift and a card from the Opposition leader.

Three-year-old Selah Hajras suffered severe leg injuries when her house in a city in Southern Gaza, was hit by an Israeli airstrike in mid-November.

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The strike killed her mother and brother, while Selah required urgent treatment for the injuries sustained. Her father Ashref was unhurt, but could not locate his daughter, finding her only when doctors posted a video on the social media showing Selah in hospital.

Selah was allowed to leave Gaza because she was on a medical list, but her father was refused permission due to rules barring men under the age of 60 from leaving the country.

Ashraf and Saleh eventually escaped to Gaza by paying smugglers to take them out of the country via the Rafah crossing on the border with Egypt.

They have been in Egypt for 10 days until they were issued passports by the Palestinian authorities, arriving in Malta via Dubai.

The PN leader was accompanied by PN MPs Beppe Fenech Adami, Robert Cutajar and Paula Mifsud Bonnici, together with the Palestinian Ambassador.

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