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Statements from eyewitnesses, collected by LAW, confirm that despite Friday's Israeli High Court's interim order, Israeli forces have continued moving bodies outside Jenin refugee camp. Eywitness accounts confirm reports that an Israeli truck was seen with bodies inside plastic bags. The bodies were taken out of the truck and put in holes dug by bulldozers.
Today, April 14, 2002, the Israeli Supreme Court judged in favor of a petition filed by LAW and Adalah, calling for the immediate cessation of the burial of Palestinians in separate mass graves. With this decision, LAW and Adalah prohibited the Israeli army to continue to bury bodies in the way they have been doing.
Relief Efforts in the West Bank, the
occupied Palestinian territory
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By Wendy S. Ross, Washington File White House Correspondent
Washington -- President Bush believes now is the time for Israelis, Palestinians and Arab states "to act responsibly," the President's National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said in an April 14 interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," shortly after Secretary of State Colin Powell met in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.
President Bush, Rice said, "continues to believe ... that this is not just an issue of what Israel does.
- PRCS and ICRC teams waited all day for permission to enter Jenin Camp to evacuate the dead and injured. However as entrance must still be negotiated by the commander on the ground, PRCS ambulances were still denied access by the end of the day. PRCS has five ambulance teams and tens of volunteers ready to begin the evacuation and plan on entering tomorrow if clearance is given.
We will be sending a Johnson & Johnson disaster module via air to medical providers working in the West Bank/Gaza. The Johnson & Johnson module includes a large assortment of sutures, bandages, splinting devices, children's and adult Tylenol, and will be distributed to ambulance teams providing services to Gaza/West Bank. The receipt and distribution of this shipment is being handled by our partners at American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA).
by Rita Giacaman and Penny Johnson, Birzeit University
The international media has begun to show some of the tragic human consequences of Israel's assault on Jenin refugee camp: from one BBC report alone images flash of an old woman in a wheelchair abandoned in a field; dislocated families streaming towards neighboring villages; a woman weeping by the roadside for her husband shot while tending sheep; an injured man huddling in bed surrounded by his family who has called repeatedly for an ambulance.
Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed concern April 13 over the "serious humanitarian situation of the Palestinian people," and called on Israeli forces to "exercise the utmost restraint and discipline" during their current military operations in Palestinian areas.
Speaking in Jerusalem during his peace mission to the Middle East, Powell also announced that the United States would contribute an additional $30 million for emergency Palestinian refugee assistance, beyond the $80 million that the United States contributes annually.
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-Israeli Forces again prevented entrance by ICRC and ORCS into Jenin Camp to evacuate the injured and the dead, as well as preventing the delivery of medical supplies. The situation in Jenin Camp remains critical with no electricity, water of food.
For 16 days now complete and total curfew has been imposed on the Palestinian towns and cities invaded by Israeli troops. The lifting of these curfews happens for three or four hours every forth or fifth day, but in some areas it has not been lifted at all.
Relief Efforts in the West Bank, the occupied Palestinian territory
First of several days' efforts with other humanitarian organizations dispatching food and medical supplies to besieged cities
A convoy of international and Palestinian aid agencies will deliver desperately needed supplies of food, water, medicine, blankets and clothing to the people of Jenin tomorrow (Saturday 13 April).
On April 4, a medical delegation of Médecins du Monde/Doctors of the World-Greece arrived in Israel in order to provide medical care to the Palestinian population in Ramallah and Bethlehem. The five member medical team was detained several hours in Ben Gurion Airport and then expelled.
- Again Israeli Forces prevented entrance by ICRC and PRCS into Jenin Camp to evacuate the injured and the dead. The situation in Jenin Camp remains critical with no electricity, water or food.
Présent sur la bande de Gaza et en Cisjordanie depuis 43 ans, CARE déplore les violences et les pertes humaines de tous les côtés du conflit. Nous condamnons en particulier les attaques faites contre les civils de part et d'autre . Nous dénonçons les violations systématiques faites au droit des palestiniens tout comme les attentats suicides qui visent des civils israéliens et nous croyons que ce cycle de violences ne peux qu'entraîner des souffrances stériles.
Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 12 Apr 2002
Deeply troubled by the spiralling violence and the "appalling" humanitarian situation in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today suggested that sending an international force to the region was one way to ensure safety and provide an opening for diplomatic moves.
The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Ms. Asma Jahangir, is alarmed and concerned at reports of alleged extrajudicial and summary executions by Israeli forces in connection with recent operations in the Jenin refugee camp. The scale of killings and fatalities has been disputed by the Government of Israel, and the operation justified as a "defensive shield". The Israeli Government has denied access to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, the UNRWA and the media to the area.