Euro-Med demands Israel to reveal fate of 3K civilians missing in Gaza

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GENEVA — The Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor has issued a statement urging Israel to disclose the whereabouts of nearly 3,000 Palestinian civilians, including children and dozens of women, reportedly kidnapped from homes and shelter centers in the Gaza Strip. The organization calls on the international community to exert pressure on Israel to end its alleged policy of enforced disappearance.اضافة اعلان

In recent days, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) detained hundreds of Palestinians, including women, in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City. Women taken to Yarmouk Stadium were subjected to searches, removal of veils, explicit abuse, beatings, and harassment. Palestinian males, including children as young as 10 and elderly individuals over 70, were reportedly forced to strip down to their underwear in a humiliating manner.

The human rights organization highlights that similar inhumane treatment has been inflicted on additional civilians arrested in Jabalia al-Balad, north of Gaza, and in neighborhoods east of Gaza City. Euro-Med Monitor gathered information from testimonies and video clips, indicating that the IOF used explosive methods during raids, storming homes, and shelters to shoot and kill inhabitants without apparent reason. Survivors are then forced out, with men compelled to strip naked while women undergo searches and harassment. Furthermore, the organization received testimonies that female detainees were threatened with rape.

Additionally, the IOF has allegedly published footage and photos depicting Palestinian detainees, both male and female, in degrading conditions, aiming to dehumanize them and strip away their dignity. They are also denied access to lawyers and visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The random arrest campaign targets various professionals, including doctors, nurses, journalists, teachers, engineers, human rights defenders, and workers in humanitarian organizations, Euro-Med Monitor highlights, emphasizing that the IOF actions in the strip meet the criteria for enforced disappearances.

The organization calls on the ICRC and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to pressure Israeli authorities to reveal the fate of detainees, release them, and investigate alleged severe violations, reminding states that enforced disappearance is a crime punishable under the 2006 International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and considered a crime against humanity when carried out extensively or systematically.

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