This report documents the impact of the ongoing Israel-imposed siege on Palestinian civilians, which affects their economic and social conditions. This report also reveals the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. Thus, this report exposes the real conditions of the Gaza Strip's population and the Israeli closure imposed on all Gaza’s crossings for 10 years. It refutes Israel’s claims that it has eased the closure of the Gaza Strip.
On 8 July 2014, Israel initiated a military offensive in the Gaza Strip. Although accounts vary, most estimates put the number of residents of Gaza killed in the 50-day armed conflict at over 2,100, of whom at least 70% were civilians, including over 500 children. Over 11,000 were wounded and over 100,000 made homeless. According to Israeli official accounts, 73 Israelis were killed: 67 soldiers and 6 civilians, including one child and one migrant worker. 469 soldiers and 255 civilians were wounded.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) warns of the disastrous and grave deterioration that may affect the Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip due to the lack of fuel that is necessary to operate electricity generators as an alternative power supply in light of prolonged outages. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian President and government to immediately intervene to ensure the prompt supply of fuel needed for the operation of generators in health facilities in the Gaza Strip.
B’Tselem has discovered that the Israeli military included the al-Wafaa rehabilitative hospital in a-Shuja’iyeh neighborhood in the demand it issued to residents of the a-Shuja’iyeh and a-Zeitun neighborhoods to evacuate their homes by today, July 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM. Hospital Director Basman al-‘Ashi told B’Tselem over the phone that the hospital received a recorded message last night at around 11:10 PM, saying that a-Shuja’iyeh residents must leave the area and move north to the city center.
27 November, 2013
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses deep concern over the deterioration of humanitarian conditions of the civilian population due to the aggravation of the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip.
Somewhere between 8-10 January 2009, during Operation Cast Lead, Israeli forces bulldozed and destroyed the Abu Daher family’s home and farmland in Qarara, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Almost 4 years later, this family of 9 is still displaced and living in an iron and nylon tent in east Qarara, where they are currently unable to start any income-generating projects to support themselves.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows with utmost concern the continued closure of the offices of the External Medical Treatment Department in Gaza, and warns of the serious repercussions this closure on the health conditions of hundreds of Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip who desperately need advanced medical treatment outside the Gaza Strip.
PCHR Issues New Report Titled: "No Solutions Are Foreseen: The Power and Fuel Ongoing Crisis Paralyzes Life in the Gaza Strip"
Akram Mones Abu Sefan, 35, lives in Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip with his wife Mervat, 26, and his two young sons: Abed, 5, and Ahmad, 3. He is a specialist drawing teacher in the UNRWA Boys Preparatory School in Bureij refugee camp. In 2009, after undertaking a series of medical tests in Egypt, Akram was diagnosed with chronic myelocytic leukaemia, a severe cancer of the blood cells. Since 2010 he has been prescribed Glivec, a new drug that has significantly increased patients’ survival rate.
The reality generated by Israel's longstanding illegal closure, the international sanctions against Gaza’s authorities, and political in-fighting between the Ministries in Gaza and Ramallah, has resulted in a fuel and electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip. Consequently, water and sanitation installations, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities are facing severe difficulties in providing basic services to the people of Gaza, undermining the right to health and the right to life.
Ref: 19/2012 Date: 15 February 2012 Time: 13:00 GMT
Amid the humanitarian crises facing the people of the Gaza strip there exists a less well known or talked about crisis, that of mental health. Israel’s tightening of the illegal closure of Gaza in 2006, and its 2008-2009 offensive, has meant that, for Gaza’s 1.7 million civilians, reality is a mix of isolation and violence. This mixture has contributed to a sense of vulnerability, hopelessness, imprisonment and loss of control amongst Gaza’s residents.
Ref: 143/2011 Date: 15 December 2011
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) appeals to the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to immediately intervene to save the lives of 450 patients, including 15 children, in the Gaza Strip who suffer from renal failure, as their lives are endangered due to the lack of Dialysis filers, which are vital disposables that function like normal kidneys and serve to remove toxins from the blood during dialyses.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses concern over the extreme shortage of medicines in the Gaza Strip hospitals. PCHR warns of the potential catastrophic repercussions on the health of the Gaza Strip population, especially patients who suffer from renal failure due to the shortage in blood filters used in dialyses. PCHR is concerned that the lack of such blood filters may stop dialyses in the Gaza Strip hospitals, and hence endanger the lives of 450 patients.
Muhammed Salman Abu Rashad, 45, Amna Abu Rashad, 31, and their nine children live in the Jabalia refugee camp, one of the most densely populated areas on earth. The family represent just 11 of the 1.1 million refugees who make up the vast majority of Gaza’s population of approximately 1.7 million people.
Date: 08 December 2011
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights condemns the prevention of a medical delegation from traveling via Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing by the Ministry of Health in Gaza. The delegation was to participate in a medical conference in Jerusalem.
PCHR Strongly Condemns Ministry of Health’s Decision to Decrease Transfers of Patients to Israeli Hospitals without Taking into Consideration Their Serious Health Conditions or Providing an Alternative
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses concern over the extreme shortage of medicines in the Gaza Strip’s hospitals. PCHR warns of the potential catastrophic repercussions on the health of the Gaza Strip’s population, especially patients and those suffering from chronic diseases, of not having access to medicine which is currently unavailable in health facilities in the Gaza Strip. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian President to immediately intervene to ensure the prompt flow of medicine and medical goods to health facilities in the region.