EMOHR calls for reopening Rafah crossing

[ PIC 10/08/2012 – 11:16 AM ]

GENEVA, (PIC)– A European human rights organization has called on the Egyptian authorities to reconsider its decision to close the Rafah border crossing connecting the Gaza Strip and the Egyptian territories that has been closed for four consecutive days.

The Euro-Mediterranean Observatory for Human Rights (EMOHR), based in Geneva, demanded in a statement on Thursday the Egyptian authorities to reconsider the decision of closing the crossing, which is the only outlet for citizens of Gaza to the outside world.

It added that the sudden closure of the crossing prevented hundreds of Palestinians, who remained in the Egyptian territories, from returning to the Gaza Strip and caused other citizens to be late for their jobs and their studies abroad.

The human rights organization, urging Egyptian authorities to reopen Rafah terminal, pointed out that the travel process is carried out under security procedures and does not pose the threat of the infiltration of intruders.

The Egyptian authorities have closed Rafah crossing following an attack carried out by unknown gunmen who killed sixteen Egyptian soldiers in Sinai, near the Karam Abu Salem border crossing between Egypt and 1948 occupied Palestine on Sunday.

EMOHR considered the closure of the crossing as a “mass punishment” against Palestinians in Gaza which deprives hundreds of citizens from their right to travel, and criticized the immediate closure of the border crossing without awaiting the results of initial investigations into the attack.

Meanwhile, Safa news agency quoted Director General of borders and crossings in the Gaza Strip, Maher Abu Sabha, as saying saying that the Rafah crossing will exceptionally open on Friday and Saturday for those who remained outside the Strip.

Abu Sabha also expected the reopening of Rafah crossing for passenger traffic in both directions during the next few days, stressing that Gaza has nothing to do with the attack in Sinai.

For his part, the Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Othman, said in an earlier statement that the closure of Rafah crossing will be temporary and will not last more than a few days.

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Martyred By Israeli Occupation Attacks

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shuhada Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for their families, loved ones and anyone around them. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar


* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.

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Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.

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