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174 days after, Envoy decries continuous torture of Palestinian

174 days after, Envoy decries continuous torture of Palestin

The Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria Abdullah Abu Shawesh, has decried the continuous torture, repression of the Palestinians with the increased death tolls following the degrading treatment of the Isreali forces.

The Ambassador in a press briefing on Thursday, in Abuja lamented Gaza's transformation from an open-air prison to a graveyard, where tens of thousands have perished, and fundamental humanitarian principles have been disregarded.

Shawesh expressed worry over the continuous provision of  ammunition and weapons to the Isreali forces, which have exacerbated the situation.

He said, the strict occupation measures in Jerusalem before the start of the Palm Sunday procession prevented thousands of Christians from the West Bank from arriving in the Holy City on this occasion.

"According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health as of Sunday, March 24, approximately 32,200 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli occupation forces. Among the victims, 72% were women (around 8,800) and children (approximately 13,750). Additionally, around 74,500 Palestinians have been injured, with a majority being women and children. It is estimated that more than 8,100 people are missing under the rubble.

"At least 27 civilians, including 23 children and elderly individuals, died due to dehydration and malnutrition at Kamal Adwan Hospital in North Gaza. To add insult to injury, the Israeli occupation used to deny the entry of an entire truckloads due to a single rejected item on it, take into consideration that there is no official Israeli list of restricted items. 

"As of Monday, 25 March, the number of Palestinians arrested in the past 6 months are 7770 in the Occupied West Bank. This includes 250 women, including Palestinian women arrested from the 1948 land, as well as Gazan women who have been arrested in the OWB. Additionally, 500 children and 23 journalists have been sentenced to administrative detention, with more than 4400 administrative detention orders issued.

"Detention campaigns are accompanied by brutal beatings, vandalism, destruction of detainees houses, and confiscation of gold and money.As of 20 March, up to 1.7 million Palestinians (over 75 per cent of the population) have been displaced across the Gaza Strip, the majority multiple times.

"Families are forced to move repeatedly in search of safety. Following intense Israeli bombardments and fighting in Khan Younis and the Middle Area in recent weeks, a significant number of displaced people have moved further south.

Speaking further the Ambassador stressed that, the Israeli occupation government has issued a military order to confiscate 8,000 dunums (1,977 acres) of occupied Palestinian land for the benefit of colonial settlers and settlement projects. 

"This is not the first time that fertile Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley has been confiscated as part of a long-standing attempt to exert full control over the Jordan Valley and prevent the establishment of a contiguous Palestinian state.

"The US resolution fail to call for an immediate ceasefire that the secretary of state Blinken theorize for it on the media day before table it on the security council as the magic stack to put an end to the human suffering in Gaza.

"The US resolution fell short of condemning the ongoing Israeli massacre against the Palestinian people. Instead, it gave Israel the green light to continue its textbook genocide.

"The US resolution mentioned the 132 Israeli hostages in Gaza but did not say a word about the more than 7,000 abducted and hostage Palestinians in Israeli concentration camps and prisons, all of whom are subjected to torture, degradation, and ill-treatment, resulting in the deaths of 12 of them so far. This is a clear form of racism and white supremacy, prioritizing the lives of Israelis over the lives of Palestinians.

"It is important to note that the US Congress voted not to resume funding for UNRWA until at least 2025, a move welcomed by Israel, which declared that the UN agency will not be part of Gaza's future.

"The US did not mention Israel the occupation power except one time in the context of the two state solution.

"On Monday, March 25, the Security Council adopted the Resolution 2728 calling for an immediate ceasefire during the month of Ramadan. While the ink on the resolution is not yet dry, Israeli cannon barrels are still firing and claiming more innocent Palestinian lives. 

"On a practical level, this means Israel has turned its back on the Security Council. Israeli pushback on the UN ceasefire resolution, and the war minister Yoav Gallant said Israel has no moral right to stop the war in Gaza.

"The Israeli occupation authorities have continued their aggression, restrictions, and repressive measures in the occupied West Bank since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. 

"They have deployed more than 24 military battalions there, imposed a comprehensive siege, cut off ties with partial sieges on all regions and towns, deployed over 750 checkpoints, installed more iron gates, and forced citizens to travel on bumpy roads that consume their time and money. This has turned Palestinian life into an unbearable hell.

"In another step towards dismantling UNRWA, the main lifeline for Palestinian refugees, and obstructing the implementation of its mandate, Israel the occupying power, has blocked UNRWA from delivering life-saving assistance to northern Gaza. Israel also has notified the United Nations that it will no longer authorize UNRWA food convoys to access the north Gaza Strip.

"UNRWA is the largest organization with the highest capacity to reach displaced communities in Gaza. By preventing UNRWA to fulfill its mandate in Gaza, the clock is tick faster towards famine and many more will die of hunger, dehydration and lack of shelter."

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