Mizan: The IOF kidnapped 14 Gazan passengers at Beit Hanoun crossing

[ PIC 22/10/2013 – 10:16 AM ]

Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing

GAZA, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have kidnapped 14 Palestinian passengers, including patients and their escorts, at Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip since the beginning of 2013, Al-Mizan center for human rights said.

The center stated that the last detention incident happened last Tuesday when Israeli soldiers at the crossing kidnapped a 40-year old man named Noman Rayhan as he was taking his sick mother to a charity hospital in occupied Jerusalem for medical treatment after he got approval for his travel along with his mother.

The center stated that Israel continues to tighten its blockade on the Palestinian civilians in Gaza and deprive them of their right to travel and movement.

The center accused the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) of exploiting the need of some patients from Gaza for travel to get medical treatment in hospital in the occupied Palestinian territories in order to entrap them and their escorting relatives, and detain or blackmail them.

The Israeli-controlled crossing of Beit Hanoun is considered the only outlet for Gaza patients who do not find treatment for their medical conditions in Gaza hospitals, especially after Egypt’s closure of the Rafah border crossing and its tight restrictions on travel of Palestinian passengers.

The center appealed to the international community to necessarily intervene to stop Israel’s gross violation of the international humanitarian law and human rights principles, and pressure it to allow the Gaza patients to receive medical treatment in the territories under its occupation.

The Beit Hanoun crossing is located in the far north of the Gaza Strip between the blockaded Gaza and the 1948 occupied lands. The crossing, which is under full Israeli control, is dedicated to passengers, trucks, diplomats, foreign missions, journalists, workers, Palestinian merchants and other people who have permission to cross into the Israeli occupied territories.

However, it is currently used to transport Palestinian patients and wounded cases to hospitals in Jordan, the 1948 occupied lands, Jerusalem and the West Bank.


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