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Eight asylum seekers from Gaza
documents: 1  |  Updates: 2 On July 25, 2008, Hamas forces raided the Tel al-Hawa quarter in Gaza City, in pursuit of eight local Fatah members. At the end of a battle that lasted all night, and during which their homes were set on fire, the eight men managed to escape and went into hiding in the home of acquaintances. Three days later, fearing they would be found, they were forced to leave the house where they had been hiding, and ended up in a dangerous open field, near the Gaza-Israel separation fence. They remained there for a few days, with insufficient food and water, in the scorching heat. Two of them were suffering from injuries, and the condition of another, a heart patient who had run out of medicine, was deteriorating.
Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR) requested the humanitarian desk of the civil administration at the Erez checkpoint, to coordinate the departure of the eight men from Gaza to the West Bank or to another place of safety. At the same time, both PHR and HaMoked had telephone conversations with staff at both the Israeli and the Palestinian Coordination Offices, but to no avail. On August 8, 2008, as their lives were imminently at risk, HaMoked petitioned the High Court of Justice (HCJ) demanding to allow them to exit Gaza and seek refuge. Stressing it was not bound to do so, Israel consented to allow their passage, under three conditions: that their lives were in real danger; that none of them were under security preclusion and that the Palestinian Authority approved their passage to the West Bank.

The last condition seems odd, since Israel has sole authority to allow a Palestinian to leave Gaza and enter the West Bank, irrespective of the Palestinian side's approval. However, the Palestinian Authority did forward Israel an application for five of the eight men, but recanted on the following day without explanation. With this revealed, together with information from International Committee of the Red Cross that the men had been arrested by Hamas, HaMoked requested to delete its petition. Sometime later, Palestinian Authority officials reported the men had been released from Hamas' custody.

Urgent request to transfer eight Palestinians whose lives are in danger and who are currently waiting by the separation fence near Waypoint 101 (approx.)
Principal Correspondence  |  8.8.2008
Urgent request to transfer eight Palestinians whose lives are in danger and who are by the separation fence in Gaza, near point 101
HaMoked – Center for the Defence of the Individual has requested to delete the petition filed in the matter of eight Palestinians who wished to leave the Gaza Strip for the West Bank in fear for their lives: The Palestinian Authority has withdrawn its agreement to let the eight enter the West Bank, seemingly following the intervention of the Israeli Prime Minister's political advisor. In the be...
HaMoked – Center for the Defence of the Individual filed an urgent petition in the matter of eight Palestinians who are located in the danger zone near the fence separating the Gaza Strip from Israel without food or water: The eight men, members of Fatah, fled their homes in the Gaza Strip on 25 July 2008, after Hamas forces entered their neighborhood with the intention of killing them. Two of ... (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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