Friday, 15 June 2012

Amnesty: 'Palestinian hunger striker on verge of death must be admitted to hospital or released'

A Palestinian footballer who is at risk of death after more than 90 days on hunger strike in protest against his detention by Israel should immediately be admitted to a civilian hospital or released so that he can receive life-saving medical care, Amnesty International said.

Mahmoud al-Sarsak is from the Gaza Strip and has been detained by Israel since July 2009. He is the only detainee currently held under the Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law, which allows Israel to hold individuals without charge or trial based on secret information.

Under the law, detainees can be held indefinitely unless they can prove they do not threaten Israeli security.

Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director, Philip Luther said:

“After almost three years in detention, the Israeli authorities have had ample opportunity to charge al-Sarsak with a recognisable criminal offence and bring him to trial. They have failed to do so, and instead repeatedly affirmed his detention order on the basis of secret information withheld from him and his lawyer.”

Al-Sarsak has been denied proper access to medical treatment repeatedly during his hunger strike. For someone on the verge of death, this amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment in violation of Israel’s international obligations. more

Two injured by Israeli shelling near Khan Younis

Palestinian medical sources reported Thursday that the army fired a number of shells into Al-Kurd Hill, located between Al-Qarara town, near the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, and Dir Al-Balah city, in central Gaza.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) reported that one of the wounded residents suffered moderate injuries and was moved to the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Dir Al-Balah. Medics could not reach the second wounded resident, until the time of this report, as the army continued to fire into the area.

The incident took place after a number of tanks and armored vehicles, based at the Kissufim military base on the border east of Al-Qarara, advanced several hundred meters into the town and fired several tanks shells and rounds of live ammunition. more

Rights group warns against Israeli attempts to create buffer zone in north-east Gaza

GAZA,(PIC)-- A Palestinian human rights organization warned against the disastrous effects of the Israeli attempts to declare a buffer zone north-east of the Gaza Strip, depriving the Palestinian farmers from their land and crops.

The occupation forces broke into Southeast Salq Valley in central Gaza, on Tuesday, accompanied by ten bulldozers, and eight tanks under intense fire.

Mizan Human Rights Center condemned in a statement on Wednesday the sweep of agricultural lands in east Salq Valley village in the Gaza Strip and the continuous daily attacks in the border areas by the occupation forces.

The center condemned the continuing daily attacks by the occupation forces in the border areas, or what is known as restricted access areas, pointing out that the occupation forces are aiming, through bulldozing operations to create a distance of about 1500 meters along the border gradually, at the expense of the Gaza Strip residents. more