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Israeli occupation bans HR bodies from entering Gaza

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Days of Palestine, London –Amnesty International calls upon Israeli occupation to allow human rights organisations to enter into Gaza Strip.

“The resumption of Israeli air strikes and rocket fire from Gaza underscores the imperative need to grant human rights groups immediate access to monitor the situation,” said Amnesty International in a press release on Wednesday.

“Since the beginning of Israeli military operation on 8 July 2014 in Gaza, Israeli authorities have denied repeated requests by Amnesty International to enter Gaza via the Israeli-controlled Erez Crossing,” the statement said.

The statement also stated that the organisation requested access from the Egyptian authorities, which so far have not granted it permission.

“The apparent resumption of Israeli airstrikes and rocket fire today is another reminder that our access to the Gaza Strip cannot wait,” Amnesty International’s Director of Research and Crisis Response Anne FitzGerald said.
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She continued: “Valuable time has already been lost and it is essential that human rights organisations are now able to begin the vital job of examining allegations of war crimes.

“The Israeli authorities appear to have been playing bureaucratic games with us over access to Gaza, conditioning it on entirely unreasonable criteria even as the death toll in the region has risen.”

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are set to issue a joint statement calling on the Israeli authorities to immediately allow human rights groups access to Gaza.