Archive for April, 2016

Civilians in Yarmouk facing starvation and dehydration, UNRWA deplores inhumane deprivation

UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness
Press Statement

Palestinian refugees living in active conflict areas in Syria such as Yarmouk, Khan Eshieh and the Dera’a surroundings, face brutal hardships. Photo: UNRWA/Taghrid Mohammed

Palestinian refugees living in active conflict areas in Syria such as Yarmouk, Khan Eshieh and the Dera’a surroundings, face brutal hardships. Photo: UNRWA/Taghrid Mohammed

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is greatly alarmed and concerned by the desperate humanitarian consequences being inflicted on civilians since 6 April as a result of armed conflict between extremist armed groups inside Yarmouk, Damascus.

The fighting has been intense, and is taking place in the most densely populated areas of Yarmouk, with the use of heavy weapons, explosive devices and weapons of indiscriminate effect. The impact on civilian life has been devastating. Read more »

Hamas: Cutting PFLP funds an act of political extortion

HAMAS
PRESS RELEASE

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The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas condemned Monday the decision by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to the suspend the monthly financial allocation of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) issued by the Palestinian National Fund.

In a press release, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri deemed the decision an act of political blackmail.

“Abbas uses money to extort political concessions and pass agendas that are rejected nationally,” he underlined.

Abu Zuhri expressed his Movement’s appreciation for the national positions of the PFLP, urging Abbas to retract the decision that further deepens Palestinian division.

Being the second-largest faction within the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), PFLP received a monthly allocation from the PLO’s Palestinian National Fund, which were distributed on the Front’s centers.

PFLP leaders said Monday that funds for February and March haven’t been issued as a result of a decision by Abbas to stop funds allocated to the PFLP.

PFLP marches in Gaza: The Front is not for sale!

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine responded to new attacks on its sustainability by Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas at a mass rally and march in Gaza City on Tuesday, April 12.

Masses of Palestinians marched from the Saraya field to the Square of the Unknown Soldier in Gaza City, marking Palestinian Prisoners’ Day and 40 days on the martyrdom of the former prisoner and leader Comrade Omar Nayef Zayed in the Palestinian embassy in Bulgaria. The event drew large crowds of participants including leaders, cadres and members of the Front and the Palestinian people.

The march began with fighters carrying symbolic coffins representing the martyrs whose bodies remain imprisoned by the occupation as well as the martyr Omar Nayef Zayed. Marchers denounced the role of the Palestinian Authority in security coordination and burned posters of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, demanding his immediate resignation. Read more »

UNRWA Condemns Large Scale Home Demolitions in the West Bank

PRESS STATEMENT
UNRWA West Bank Director, Lance Bartholomuesz

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Jerusalem 6 April 2016

UNRWA condemns today’s large scale home demolitions by the Israeli Authorities in the Bedouin refugee community of Um al Khayr in the South Hebron Hills. As a result, 31 Palestine refugees, including 16 children, were made homeless. This community has endured several rounds of demolitions and often faced harassment from the nearby illegal settlement of Karmel.

“I am appalled. Looking in the eyes of a young Bedouin boy in a red shirt standing amongst the crumpled ruins of his demolished home, how can anyone justify this? ” stated Lance Bartholomeusz, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank.

Already this year, over 700 Palestinians have been displaced by Israeli demolitions in the West Bank. This figure is approaching the total number of displaced for all of 2015.

UNRWA is gravely concerned about demolitions in violation of international law. Under the Fourth Geneva Convention destruction of private property is prohibited. As Occupying Power, Israel is obliged to administer the occupied territory for the welfare of the protected Palestinian population.

As the UN has said repeatedly, these demolitions must stop.

PFLP demands PLO, Central Council hold Abbas accountable for undermining Palestinian struggle

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Press Release

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine called on the Palestine Liberation Organization and its institutions to confront Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s remarks to Zionist media as well as the PA’s delegation paying condolences on the death of a so-called “Civil Administration” occupation official in the West Bank.

The PFLP notes that this shameful behavior is continuing, repetitive and ongoing, exhibiting subservience to the structures of the occupation and its mechanisms of repression. These actions cross all of the lines and traditions of the Palestinian people and undermine the Palestinian national liberation movement and its principles and decisions, the most recent being the Palestinian Central Council’s decisions to end security coordination with the occupation. Read more »