A Palestinian woman died early Monday after being held up at a checkpoint in East Jerusalem's Issawiya.
Huda Muhammad Darwish, age 65, suffered a severe asthma attack at approximately 1am Monday morning at her home in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya. Family members rushed to take her to the nearby Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus. Israeli police and border police officers, however, held the Darwish vehicle up at the checkpoint located at Issawiya's entrance. A verbal altercation ensued between the Israeli police officers and Darwish family members, and for fifteen essential minutes the car was not allowed to pass.
Darwish was finally allowed to leave Issawiya but died on the way to Hadassah Hospital, located mere minutes away from her home.