Continuously updated | All related news concerning the siege on Gaza below the article by IRIN
Sept 28, 2013
2nd victim of the siege:
MOI reported medial resources said newborn Mohamed al- Mashharawi Friday at night at the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing after his mother waited long without being allowed to cross into the Gaza Strip. Palestinian citizen al-Mashharawi gave her child late at Friday’s night who died this morning at the crossing.
Read more: A 1 day old baby died at the border
Sept 29, 2013
Oct 5, 2013
Gaza is a closed zone as restrictions imposed on it strangled inhabitants
RAFAH, 17 September 2013 (IRIN) – Residents and officials in Gaza say the repeated closures of the border crossing into Egypt, a key lifeline for Palestinians in the occupied territories, is destroying livelihoods, harming health and lowering basic living conditions.
The border crossing at Rafah has now been closed for seven consecutive days – the second sustained closure in the past few weeks – following instability in the Sinai region on the Egyptian side of the border.
A reopening is promised tomorrow, Wednesday, but the closures, reduced operating hours and the crackdown on smuggling tunnels are squeezing the country’s most important supply line.
Among those who have tried to leave Gaza over the past few weeks is Mona Hussien, 34, and her four children, who normally live in Saudi Arabia.
“I’ve been to the crossing about five times now [in less than two weeks]. My children are tired and so am I. We have school coming. It’s our residency at stake; we have to go,” she told IRIN.
She came to spend the summer with relatives in Gaza, but has grown increasingly desperate to re-join her husband.
“When are we going to go back to normal? How we can live like other people while we are facing such restrictions, closures and [the] blockade?”
The Rafah crossing has been the principal connection between Gaza’s 1.8 million residents and the outside world since the destruction of Gaza’s international airport in 2001 and the subsequent air and naval blockade.
Last week’s decision to close the border was taken by the Egyptian authorities following an attack by militants on a military base in northern Sinai.
“Thousands are trying to leave and enter every day,” said Gaza resident Yehia Barrawi, 62. “Even with the announced temporary reopening, many will still be blocked, and we no longer feel the crossing is stable.”
The situation has deteriorated since late June, when demonstrations erupted in Egypt, culminating in the removal of president Mohamed Morsi in early July. The Egyptian army initiated a campaign against armed militants and extremist groups operating in the Sinai, which media close to the new government have linked to the Hamas movement, which controls neighbouring Gaza.
Even when the crossing has been open, hours have been reduced from nine to four and from seven days to six.
In the week before these recent closures, from 3 to 9 September, UN figures show at least 150 people crossed into Egypt and around 130 others crossed into Gaza per day. Together, this is just 15 percent of the average number of people crossing per day in June (approximately 1,860).
The other two crossings – into Israel – at Kerem Shalom and Erez have severe restrictions on the movement of people and goods.
Yehia has been repeatedly prevented from crossing the border. He’s recovering from heart surgery in Gaza and says he now risks losing his work and residency permits in the United Arab Emirates because of the delays. “I came to Gaza with my wife and daughter six months ago. Everything was fine. However it changed after the recent developments. Now, I’m stranded,” he said.
Restrictions and concerns
Gaza’s health minister, Mofeed Mukhalalati, says there are thousands of patients waiting to leave for medical treatment in Egypt.
Several medical delegations planning to treat patients and train local health ministry staff were denied permission to enter Gaza.
Alaa, 26, who requires knee surgery after sustaining an injury in a football game three months ago, says he has tried several times to leave through the crossing, but despite having all the supporting documents, he was denied entry by Egyptian authorities.
Alaa told IRIN that he found it shocking because he had travelled to Egypt a few months before, and had entered the country and returned without any problems.
There are ongoing efforts to find a possible way to permanently reopen the crossing, according to officials in Gaza. Meanwhile, a handful of Palestinians are clustered at the crossing gate, urging an immediate reopening.
“The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is very concerned about recent security measures and restrictions on the Rafah crossing and tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip,” said the UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Farhan Haq, earlier this month.
“The restrictions have resulted in delays for students and patients seeking urgent medical treatment, and shortages of construction materials, fuel and medical supplies. Thousands of Palestinians are stranded on both sides of the border.”
On 16 September, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked the Egyptians to reopen the crossing to allow people and patients to leave and to let people stranded in Egypt enter Gaza.
Egyptian officials responded hours later by announcing that the crossing will be temporarily opened on Wednesday and Thursday, 18 and 19 September, for humanitarian reasons. There are no indications or announcements about any later openings.
Shortages and inflation
The closures, along with the large-scale destruction of smuggling tunnels that were a major supply route into Gaza, are leading to shortages and higher prices for basic goods.
OCHA estimates that fewer than 10 tunnels are operational, down from 50 in previous weeks and 300 before June.
Gaza depends on supplies of cheap Egyptian fuel to run its main power station. With daily fuel imports down to 200,000 litres, from one million, Gaza is suffering long hours of blackouts.
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Updates and related news in Media
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- Sept 16, 2013 | Calls for ending the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza – MEMO
- Sept 16, 2013 | Egyptian Authorities Continue to Isolate the Gaza Strip – PNN English
- Sept 16, 2013 | Egypt’s new misshapen constitution – Khalid Amayreh at PIC
- Sept 16, 2013 | Egypt forces arrest two Gaza fishermen – PressTV
- Sept 16, 2013 | The situation in Gaza deteriorates as fuel shortages bite – Al Ray
- Sept 16, 2013 | Hamas decries Gaza demonizing rhetoric in Egypt – World Bulletin
- Sept 16, 2013 | Abu Marzouk: Gaza is not a threat to Egypt – PIC
- Sept 17, 2013 | Egypt Joins Israel as Gaza’s Jailer – Dissident Voice
- Sept 17, 2013 | Abbas asks Egypt to facilitate Gaza travel – Maan
- Sept 17, 2013 | Gaza boat blown up b the Egyptian coast guard. Two dead and two wounded. – Source
- Sept 17, 2013 | Gaza Interior Ministry condemns Egyptian Navy Attacks – Scoop
- Sept 18, 2013 |Zionist Egypt sentenced 5 Palestinian fishermen 1 year for fishing in international waters – Source
- Sept 18, 2013 | Gaza heads to an environmental disaster – PressTV
- Sept 18, 2013 |Health Minister warns of health disaster due to lack of medicines – PIC
- Sept 18, 2013 | VIDEO | Israel encircles Gazans, PA denies their right to a passport – by Mohammed Omer
- Sept 18, 2013 | Hamas: Egypt destroying Gaza tunnels to tighten blockade – Ma’an
- Sept 18, 2013 | Egyptian Navy kills two Palestinian refugees – DRAH
- Sept 18, 2013 | Egyptian border restrictions create misery in Gaza – Maan
- Sept 18, 2013 | MOH calls on Egypt to save 1000 patients – Al Ray
- Sept 18, 2013 | Gaza decries Egypt’s crackdown on tunnels – Al Akhbar English
- Sept 18, 2013 | Egyptian official is happy that Gaza electricity plant stopped working – Middle East Monitor
- Sept 19, 2013 | Gaza crossing partially reopened – Al Ray
- Sept 19, 2013 | Al-Ghusein calls on Egypt to look into the verdict against Palestinian fishermen – Al Ray
- Sept 19, 2013 | Acting President of PLC calls Egypt to open Rafah crossing – Al Ray
- Sept 19, 2013 | ECESG discusses the Gaza siege at HRC session | PIC
- Sept 19, 2013 | PRESS RELEASE | Open Rafah now! – Ship to Gaza
- Sept 19, 2013 | Egypt blocks Gaza student from going to college in UK – Electronic Intifada
- Sept 19, 2013 | Gaza blockade to be discussed on the sidelines of UN human rights meeting | Middle East Monitor
- Sept 20, 2013 | UFree Network denounces the Egyptian military courts sentences against Palestinian fishermen – IMEMC News
- Sept 20, 2013 | Gaza Strip losses exceed $250 million – MEMO News Agency
- Sept 20, 2013 | Tragic Stories From Rafah: Students Mourn Their Future – Al Akhbar
- Sept 20, 2013 | Looming Environmental Disaster: Gaza Sewage Pumped Into Sea – Scoop.co.nz (press release)
- Sept 20, 2013 |Gaza power station threatened with closure due to siege – PIC
- Sept 21, 2013 | Egypt still keeps Rafah crossing shut – PressTV
- Sept 21, 2013 | Rafah crossing closed indefinitely – Al Ray
- Sept 21, 2013 | Adwan Calls for a Crisis Committee to be Formed to Manage the Gaza Strip – DRAH
- Sept 21, 2013 | Al-Khudari demands land, sea and air access for Gaza – Scoop press release
- Sept 21, 2013 | Rafah crossing closed for the third day – Al Ray
- Sept 21, 2013 | Political blackmail to put collaborators in charge: Rafah to stay closed until Abbas back in control, says ambassador – Middle East Monitor
- Sept 23, 2013 | Palestinian Health Minister in Gaza: Lift siege or patients may die _- IMEMC
- Sept 24, 2013 | (Israel) to close Karam Abu Salem crossing from Wednesday to Sunday – Al Ray
- Sept 24, 2013 | ‘Maybe it’s better not to dream,’ says Gaza student stopped at border ~ Mondoweiss
- Sept 24, 2013 | Video | Palestinian dad “heartbroken” to see fisherman son attacked, injured “by our Egyptian brothers” – Ali Abunimah
- Sept 24, 2013 | Egyptian Navy Launches Assault on Gaza Fishermen – Al Akhbar
- Sept 24, 2013 | Rafah crossing shut down for the 14th consecutive day – PIC
- Sept 24, 2013 | “Only God knows” in Gaza, under cruel Israeli-Egyptian siege ~ by Shahd Abusalama
- Sept 25, 2013 | Power cuts endanger lives of babies in Gaza – World Bulletin
- Sept 25, 2013 | Hamas slams Egypt’s foreign minister for threatening to attack Gaza – PIC
- Sept 25, 2013 | Gaza Government considers Egyptian FM’s statements serious escalation – PIC
- Sept 25, 2013 | Coup government threatens Gaza with “military options” – Middle East Monitor
- Sept 25, 2013 | PA ambassador in Cairo: Rafah crossing to open three days next week – Source
- Sept 25, 2013 | Daily report on the Impacts of the blockade on the Gaza Strip ~ by Al Ray
- Sept 25, 2013 | Video report: Gaza is being strangled and its people are suffocating – Intifada
- Sept 26, 2013 | Gaza: 30% of essential medicines at zero stock – AIC News
- Sept 26, 2013 | Egypt prevents thousands of Gazan’s medical treatment – Al Ray
- Sept 26, 2013 | Daily report on the Impacts of the blockade on the Gaza Strip – Al Ray
- Sept 28, 2013 | Palestinian students in Gaza may miss out on academic year due to closure of border crossings – Al Monitor
- Sept 28, 2013 | A 1 day old baby died at Egyptian side of Rafah crossing –2nd dead due to the Israeli-Egyptian siege on Gaza – Al Ray
- Sept 29, 2013 | Photos | Suffering at the Rafah Crossing – Al Ray
- Sept 29, 2013 | Photos | Students storm Gaza’s Rafah crossing gate – World Bulletin
- Sept 30, 2013 | Government appeals to Egypt to open Rafah to avoid a disaster – Al Qassam
- Sept 30, 2013 | Hamas decries Fatah’s refusal to co-run Rafah crossing – Al Ray
- Oct 1, 2013 |600 thousand students still suffer due to Gaza siege and fuel shortage – Al Akhbar
- Oct 1, 2013 | Official: Rafah crossing to operate until Friday – Maan
- Oct 2, 2013 | Al Mezan warns international community of attempts to maintain Gaza blockade – PIC
- Oct 2, 2013 | Gaza: Crushed between Israel and Egypt ~ by Jonathan Cook
- Oct 2, 2013 | Gaza health ministry: One third of basic medicines no longer available ~ Middle East Monitor
- Oct 2, 2013 |Gazans say Egypt is now turning the screw – IRIN
- Oct 3, 2013 | Silent protest calls attention to lack of educational access in Gaza Strip – GW Hatchet
- Oct 5, 2013 | Egypt closes Rafah crossing behind last group of Hajj pilgrims
– Maan News
- Oct 6, 2013 | Egypt makes contingency plan for bombing Gaza Strip – Middle East Monitor
- Oct 7, 2013 | Health minister: The medical supplies in Gaza are declining – PIC
- Oct 7, 2013 | Gaza students and fuel crisis – Al Ray
- Oct 7, 2013 | Palestinians call on UNRWA to resume full aid programmes in Gaza – Middle East Monitor
- Oct 8, 2013 | Egypt to open Rafah crossing for 5 days to humanitarian cases – Al Ray
- Oct 8, 2013 | Rafati: Tunnel trading losses cost $460 million – Al Ray
- Oct 8, 2013 | Egypt allows 300 Palestinians to exit Gaza – Maan
- Oct 10, 2013 | Tunnel Closures Hit Gaza Farmers – Video
- Oct 11, 2013 | 90% of Gaza fishermen out of work – PIC
- Oct 19, 2013 | Israeli forces detain Gazan on way to hospital with his mother – Ma’an
- Oct 20, 2013 | Israel reopens Kerem Shalom crossing to Gaza – Maan
- Oct 20, 2013 | Israel Refuses Entry Of 120 Trucks Into Gaza – IMEMC
- Oct 20, 2013 | As a result of restrictions at Rafah: Erez Crossing serves as main gateway out of Gaza – Gisha
- Oct 21, 2013 | MP: entry of construction items to Gaza suspended for 2 days – AlRay
- Oct 27, 2013 | Egypt closes Gaza crossing – Ma’an
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URGENT | Disabled people in Gaza suffer Israeli & Egyptian closure
Sept 28, 2013
A high rate of Gaza’s population: 7,6% of Gaza’s citizens are disabled due to the years long aggression on Gaza. and suffer the siege. Medications are limited and prohibited to travel abroad for treatment.
Disabled or chronic ill people are experiencing worsening of their physical condition and even risk permanent damage or death.
Prohibiting access to or hindering availability of medical care or supplies are a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention Art 55 and 56.
Health is not a choice. Nor is the utter ongoing violations and disregard of inalienable human rights by Israel. Gaza’s disabled call on the international community for intervention.
We call on you to share this video as widely as possible and ask your media and representatives for action. No condemnations but true actions. For some of the ill or disabled already have been inflicted by the siege and on Sept 28, 2013 a 1 day old child died after a patient died earlier this week because he was prevented from medical treatment abroad.
More background information
A detailed report on the effects of the blockade on the Gaza Strip
The blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli occupation in addition of the closure of the Rafah Crossing and the tunnels by Egyptian Authorities have affected negatively the life of the Gazans in many aspects as follows:
Health Sector :
- Due to fuel shortage, several medical operations and services had stopped since the Ministry of Health needs more than 250,000 liters of fuel monthly to operate generators at the hospitals and other medical facilities. Also there is severe shortage of medicine and medical disposables entered to the Gaza Strip from Egypt.
- The amount of stored medicine has decreased to 30%. 145 types of medicine and 460 kinds of medical disposables have run out.
- Nearly one thousand patients are prevented from getting medical treatment in the Egyptian hospital. Over 300 referral cases received treatment in Egypt per month.
- The electricity outages for 12 hours a day, the lack of fuel necessary for working the electrical generators and ambulances increased and the need of fuel had risen to 360.000 liters a month.
- The construction works at five main hospitals in addition to seven primary medical centers have partially stopped.
- The maintenance works at different medical facilities have been affected negatively due to the lack of spare parts or basic construction materials.
Environmental Sector :
- The wastewater treatment plants stopped functioning and the municipalities are going to pump the sewage water into the sea.
- The percentage of sea water pollution has increased due to carrying away sewage water into the sea.
- Ministry of local Government announced emergency plan and it intends to limit the amount of supplies to the citizens.
- The municipalities work now with its half power to limit the consumption of fuel.
- All countries overlooking the Mediterranean Sea is threatened to be polluted in case the blockade against Gaza continues.
- Hatim Awidah, the Deputy minister of National Economy said the cost of living indicator recorded an increase of the prices with the percentage of 25% compared to July 2013, with 65.0% in the West Bank, 61.0% in the Gaza Strip and 21.0% in Jerusalem. The Israeli occupation control of the crossing has a very bad influence on the Palestinian economy.
- Only 40% of the Gaza Strip basic need entered via Karem Abu Salem crossing including food, clothes, and other basic consuming materials
Fuel & Electricity:
- A joint committee formed from Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of National Economy follow up the impacts of fuel crisis.
- The Israeli provided the Gaza Strip with only 520 thousands liters of fuel on Sunday via Karem Abu Salem crossing.
- Ministry of Transportation distributed quantities of fuel on the taxis and buses according to the priorities, and did its best to guarantee that the prices kept settled .
- Ahmed Abu Al-Amrein, the Information Director of the Energy Authority said that the power plant is technically operating without problem, but the shortage of fuel leads to decrease hours of supplying electricity to the Gazans to 8 hour a day.
- Transportation sector:
- The transportation sector has been affected directly from the ongoing crisis of fuel shortage. Dozens of citizens bunch up the streets awaiting for taxis to get to their jobs, schools or universities.
- Khalil Al-zayian, the senior official at the Ministry of Transportation, said that because of the fuel crisis more than 20 thousands taxis, 300 buses, 30 thousands private cars, 10 thousands motorcycles and 20 thousands good trucks have stopped operating. The Egyptian authorities prevented the entry of new vehicles and spare parts.
- 50 thousands of drivers families have been affected indirectly, in addition to that construction sector also was affected and many vital projects have stopped due to difficulty to transport construction materials
Fishing & Agricultural sector:
- Palestinian Fishing Syndicate stated that 80% of fishing sector has affected due to fuel shortage and limited space allowed by Israeli occupation for fishing.
- The number of Palestinian fishermen is nearly 3700 fishermen, owning 700 boats. Fishing is the source of living for more than 70,000 citizens.
- Wells used for agricultural purposes, fishing boats, farms of livestock and olive pressers all of these sectors have been affected negatively because of fuel shortage.
- Fishers fish within a short distance because of the lack of fuel for their boats
Public Housing Sector:
- Most of construction projects have stopped.
- The percentage of new tenders has dropped due to lack of construction materials.
- The closure of the borders and the tunnels led to skyrockets in construction materials that already existed in the Gaza Strip.
- The blockade leads to the delay of opening 6 new schools and construction of 20 others.
- Dozens of blind people face difficulties in moving to their schools.
- Prevention of the entrance of school stationary has negative impacts on the new school year.
- Rafah crossing is still closed for the 13th day. It was only opened for emergency cases for few hours and then closed again.
- 4500 passengers including patients, students, holders of foreign passports are stranded at the Palestinian side of the border.
- The Interior Ministry closed registration for those with foreign residency permits and the sick wishing to travel on their own cost. It said that if registration was opened for those categories then the number of stranded people would jump by thousands.
- Nearly 5000 citizens registered at the Interior Ministry to travel via Rafah crossing , most of them are patients, students, holders of foreign passports
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To the fullest extent of the means available to it the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population; it should, in particular, bring in the necessary foodstuffs, medical stores and other articles if the resources of the occupied territory are inadequate.
The Occupying Power may not requisition foodstuffs, articles or medical supplies available in the occupied territory, except for use by the occupation forces and administration personnel, and then only if the requirements of the civilian population have been taken into account. Subject to the provisions of other international Conventions, the Occupying Power shall make arrangements to ensure that fair value is paid for any requisitioned goods.
The Protecting Power shall, at any time, be at liberty to verify the state of the food and medical supplies in occupied territories, except where temporary restrictions are made necessary by imperative military requirements.
To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring and maintaining, with the cooperation of national and local authorities, the medical and hospital establishments and services, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory, with particular reference to the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics. Medical personnel of all categories shall be allowed to carry out their duties.
If new hospitals are set up in occupied territory and if the competent organs of the occupied State are not operating there, the occupying authorities shall, if necessary, grant them the recognition provided for in Article 18. In similar circumstances, the occupying authorities shall also grant recognition to hospital personnel and transport vehicles under the provisions of Articles 20 and 21.
In adopting measures of health and hygiene and in their implementation, the Occupying Power shall take into consideration the moral and ethical susceptibilities of the population of the occupied territory. “ .
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