GAZA, (PIC)– Al-Mizan Center for Human Rights accused the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) of seriously threatening the Gazan patients’ lives by preventing them from traveling for treatment and by arresting some of them at Beit Hanon- Erez crossing. The official in the Department of field research at the center, Samir Zaqout, said that the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) had arrested eight patients from the Gaza Strip at the Erez crossing in northern Gaza Strip since the beginning of this year 2016. Zaqout told Quds Press that the IOF had arrested on Monday patient Mohamed Kamel Abu Oudeh, 34, from Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, while he was on his way for treatment in a hospital in the West Bank. He pointed out that the arrest of Oudeh is the second case of arrest of patients in less than a week, as the patient Hani Salim, 40, was arrested last Thursday, in the same way. The Palestinian researcher charged that the arrest of patients “exploits the Gazan patients’ need to cross Erez crossing in order to arrest or blackmail them”, he described arresting patients through the crossing as “arbitrary.” Al-Mizan Center asserted that what the Israeli occupation authorities do against patients comes in the context of “gross and systematic violations” of the rules of international humanitarian law, especially in light of the continuation of the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip for more than eight years. He called on the international community to put pressure on the IOA to compel it to respect the international law, to lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, and to ensure the freedom of movement of people and goods. The IOF arrested 44 Palestinians, including four patients and 30 merchants at the Beit Hanon- Erez crossing over the past year 2015.
(Source / 30.03.2016)