Human rights organizations have warned of a real humanitarian crisis in Gaza due to the Israeli continued siege and the closure of the Rafah crossing for several times.
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Human rights organizations have warned of a real humanitarian crisis in Gaza due to the Israeli continued siege and the closure of the Rafah crossing for several times.For the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council, taking place in Geneva from 9 – 27 September 2013, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Haq, Al Dameer, Al Mezan, the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR), the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), and the Palestinian Bar Association, jointly submitted a written statement, entitled “Closure and accountability”.In this submission the organizations drew attention to the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip as a result of the ongoing illegal closure imposed by Israel. Following the latest developments in the political crisis in Egypt and the deterioration of the security situation in North Sinai, the Egyptian authorities have frequently closed Rafah International Crossing Point. The current lack of access to Egypt highlights the critical need for the occupation to be ended and the illegal closure to be lifted. Israel, as the Occupying Power, is responsible for the wellbeing of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.The submission also illustrates how - despite their recognized right to move freely - Palestinians in Gaza are cut off from the West Bank and the outside world. This directly impacts on all aspects of their daily lives, including the right to education, family life, health care, and access to a court. Students are denied access to their universities abroad, families are separated, patients are denied access to healthcare, and victims of violations are prevented from having their claim for seeking justice and redress heard by a court, the submission added.The submitting organizations called upon the international community to intervene to pressurize the Israeli authorities to immediately lift the illegal closure, in particular by ending the border restrictions imposed on imports, exports and the movement of people.The submission also called upon the Egyptian authorities to reconsider its decision to close Rafah crossing point in order to end the suffering of thousands of Palestinians who have been stranded in the Gaza Strip, Egypt, Cairo International Airport and other countries./149