12 July 1994 (Not distributed)
Letter from Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the Security Council: (Augusta Victoria Hospital)
I am instructed by the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which retains the powers and responsibilities of the provisional Government of Palestine, to inform you of the following.
On Saturday, 2 July 1994, a heavily armed force of about 40 to 70 Israeli military personnel, using approximately 10 vehicles, entered the compound of Augusta Victoria Hospital, which is owned and operated by the Lutheran World Federation in cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The force carried out a systematic, and sometimes violent, raid of the entire facility, keeping the hospital under siege. During this time, more than 20 doors were forced, broken and damaged, as were several locks on other doors and cupboards. Following the raid, which lasted for nearly 45 minutes, the military left the hospital without any explanation.
This incident caused the interruption of vital health care services being provided at the hospital, greatly disturbed the hospital staff, and intimidated and traumatized the patients, which included children, at a time when the efforts of all should be devoted to securing peace and reconciliation between the Palestinian people and the Israelis, and minimizing friction and hostility. It is clear that such continuing acts of aggression by the Israeli military may generate serious consequences and harm the peace process currently underway.