13 Jan '11, 1am

A Palestinian girl paralysed after an Israeli airstrike was allowed to stay in Israel for state-sponsored medical care

JERUSALEM - A PALESTINIAN girl paralysed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza will be allowed to remain in the country for medical care, according to a government document released on Wednesday. The decision enables 9-year-old Marya Amen, along with her brother and father, to stay in Israel as temporary residents. The status ensures state-sponsored health insurance and compensation for the girl, who needs a respirator to breathe. A letter signed by Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai and obtained by The Associated Press Wednesday cites a 'special humanitarian case' in granting the residency request. Amen was wounded in a 2006 airstrike targeting Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza City. Her mother, brother and grandmother were killed. Since then, she has been at a Jerusalem hospital while her family fought attempts by Israel to transfer her to a West Bank facility they say cannot ...

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