Center: The occupation turns “Erez” into a trap for the arrest of Palestinians

Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights said today, Tuesday, that the Israeli occupation authorities continue to tighten their siege on the Gaza Strip, and exploit their control over the movement of the crossings, especially their absolute control over the movement and movement of citizens through the Beit Hanoun (Erez) checkpoint, to divert the latter. To a trap to trap the Palestinians and arrest them for different periods, and a means to blackmail and pressure them.

In a statement, the Center indicated that the occupation arrested two merchants while they were at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) checkpoint in the northern Gaza Strip, on Monday.

PCHR indicated that Husni Mohsen Husni Al-Sharafi (30 years), a merchant working for Al-Sharafi Transport and General Trading Company, and who lives in the North Gaza Governorate, was arrested while he was at the Beit Hanoun checkpoint, where his brother Nidal (38 years) told PCHR's researcher that Husni went to To the Beit Hanoun checkpoint at the request of the Israeli intelligence service for an interview as a condition for considering his request to obtain a pass through the Beit Hanoun checkpoint to conduct his business. At approximately 17:00 on the same day, his brother Muhammad received a telephone call informing him of Hosni's arrest.

In another separate incident, the citizen Nidal Ahmed Abdel Aziz Dardouna (45 years old) received at approximately 19:00 on Monday, August 23, 2021, a phone call from an unknown number informing him that his brother Amjad Ahmed Abdel Aziz Dardouna (42 years old) He was arrested by the occupation forces while passing through the Beit Hanoun “Erez” checkpoint.

According to Nidal, his brother Amjad had gone to the checkpoint to travel at dawn of the same day, but they lost contact with him hours after his arrival.

It should be noted that the merchant Darduna had previously obtained a pass permit to work as a merchant from the occupation authorities.

According to the monitoring and documentation work that Al-Mizan Center continues, the occupation authorities have arrested since the beginning of the current year 2021, and until the issuance of this statement, (4) citizens while they were at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) checkpoint, including (2) merchants, and (2) of my escorts. The patients.

Al Mezan Center denounced the continued siege of the Gaza Strip and the severe restrictions on the freedom of movement and movement of citizens, calling on the international community to take action to ensure respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law and to protect the right of residents in the Gaza Strip to freedom of movement and movement.

PCHR expressed its strong condemnation of the arrest of Palestinian travelers, merchants and people with other humanitarian needs, as it strongly condemned the continuation of the occupation forces to deprive the Palestinians of their right of movement and movement and to exploit their control over the crossings to trap, arrest and blackmail citizens.

He stressed that what the occupation forces are doing comes in the context of tightening the siege on the Gaza Strip, in flagrant violation of the rules of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

Al Mezan Center renewed its call on the international community to move and pressure to lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip, to obligate the occupation forces to the rules of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, to guarantee the freedom of movement of individuals and goods to and from the Gaza Strip without restrictions or conditions, and to stop the policy of arbitrary detention against citizens Palestinians.


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