Israel must stop arbitrary detentions in Gaza Strip

Gaza: Israel must stop its arbitrary detentions and fulfill its obligations in the Gaza Strip, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk said on Friday.

“The way forward must be through an immediate end to the violence, the prompt and unconditional release of all remaining hostages, the cessation of firing of indiscriminate rockets and use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in populated areas, humanitarian aid commensurate to the immense need and rapid unimpeded access, an end to practices of arbitrary detention by Israel, and concrete steps to avert further disaster, founded on full respect and protection of the human rights of Palestinians and Israelis,” Turk said in a statement.

Israel must ensure the needs of the population of the Gaza Strip, the official said.

“Under international humanitarian law, Israel as the occupying power, is required to ensure that the basic needs of the population in Gaza, such as food, water, and medical care, are met. I remind all parties of their obligation to allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for civilians in need, throughout Gaza,” Turk said.


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