[News] Latest developments of the state of the Gaza Strip
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Tue Apr 26 10:33:45 EDT 2016
Human Rights: new report by PCHR, March 2016 - PNN
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) published a new report as
part of the series of the monthly “Closure Reports” addressing the
latest developments of the state of the Gaza Strip border crossings in
The report documents the impact of the ongoing Israel-imposed siege on
Palestinian civilians, which affects their economic and social
conditions. It also refutes Israel’s claims that it has eased the
closure of the Gaza Strip for the ninth consecutive year.
Furthermore, the report highlights that the continuing Israeli measures
aim at the institutionalization of the closure and making the illegal
restrictions imposed on the movement of persons and goods acceptable on
the international level although they violate the international law,
including the international humanitarian and human rights laws.
During the reporting period, the number of truckloads that were allowed
to enter the Gaza Strip increased; however, no remarkable change was
witnessed on the commercial level.
Israeli occupation forces allowed the entry of 17,241 truckloads, the
majority of which were foodstuffs and consumables; an average of 556
Restrictions were also imposed on the entry of a number of basic goods,
especially materials needed for Gaza reconstruction, infrastructure
projects and materials for manufacturing and production.
Moreover, many obstacles were imposed on the entry of imports, including
the frequent closure of the only commercial crossing in the Gaza Strip,
Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom); the crossing was closed for 9 days (29%
of the total period).
In a later step, the IOF prevented the entry of construction materials
for the private sector in Gaza city. As a result, hundreds of private
under-construction housing projects stopped in addition to other
Reconstruction projects carried out by the private sector for the same
Stopping construction works in these projects will aggravate the
suffering of civilians who are desperate need of building their houses
This will also inflict heavy losses on the private sector’s companies
due to stoppage of work and increase the already high unemployment and
poverty rates among the workers and their families.
Concerning the exports, the IOF continued to impose a ban on the Gaza
Strip exports to the occupied West Bank, Israel and abroad with the
exception of limited quantities.
During the reporting period, 100 truckloads were allowed for exportation
to the occupied West Bank, including 87 truckloads of agricultural
products, a truckload of fish, 4 truckloads of furniture, 3 truckloads
of cloths and 5 truckloads of scrap.
The rate of the Gaza Strip exports for March constitutes 2.2% of the
exports before June 2007.
As for the movement of persons, the Gaza Strip population has been
denied their right to the freedom of movement and has been suffering due
to obstacles imposed on their movement at all border crossings that
connect the Strip with the West Bank and Israel.
Moreover, during the reporting period, the IOF imposed severe
restrictions on the movement of Gaza population at Beit Hanoun (Erez)
crossing, the only crossing for the movement of persons to the West
Bank, including Jerusalem, and/or Israel.
As a result, 2 million people have been denied their right to the
freedom of movement. A limited number of Palestinians were allowed to
travel via the crossing: 1,440 patients, 1,330 patient companions.
Furthermore, the IOF arrested 3 patients who were on their back from
hospitals in which they were transformed to receive treatment. Those
patients suffer from serious diseases and could not found a cure in the
Gaza Strip hospitals.
The IOF also allowed 8,477 business people, 828 persons for personal
needs, 755 workers of international humanitarian organizations, 204
persons travelling via al-Karama crossing, 595 elderly people to perform
prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque and 415 Christians to travel via Beit Hanoun
(Erez) crossing under very complicated procedures resulting in
prolonged waiting periods, sometimes up to several days.
It should be noted that these statistics do not express the number of
people allowed to travel as the number permit holders is far less than
the passing times.
The permit holder is allowed to travel more than one time via the Beit
Israeli authorities also allowed 595 elderly persons to cross the
crossing for performing the Friday prayer in al-Aqsa Mosque in addition
to 415 Christians in light of complicated security measures..
During the reporting period, Rafah International Crossing Point was
closed during March for 31 days. This unveiled the reality of the
situation in the Gaza Strip under the policy of collective punishment
and the Israeli closure imposed over all border crossings, especially
Beit Hanoun crossing.
The number of Palestinians, who registered for traveling via the
crossing and are waiting for their turn to travel, was over 25,000, in
addition to thousands of Palestinians who want to travel but did not
registered for traveling according to the Ministry of Interior in Gaza.
In the report’s recommendations, PCHR called upon the international
community, particularly the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth
Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time
of War, to immediately intervene to compel Israeli authorities to open
the Gaza Strip crossings and put an end to the grave deterioration of
humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip.
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