New report on Gaza’s no-go zone

Published on 27 February 2014
Written by Alternative Information Center (AIC)

A new report addressing Israeli violations in access-restricted areas in the Gaza Strip reveals that the Israeli-imposed no-go zone in the coastal strip along the border with Israel prevents Palestinian farmers from accessing 35 percent of the agricultural lands and is estimated at 17 percent of the total land mass of the strip.

The report was prepared and published jointly by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) under the title "Under Fire." (Download pdf)

The report also addresses the Israeli restrictions on the Palestinian fishing industry, where over 85 percent of the fishing areas were allocated by the Oslo Accords.

The report indicates that the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas in 2012 did not help in altering the situation in access-restricted areas. It also remarks that Israeli forces use live ammunition when targeting civilians in those areas without taking into consideration principles of distinction and proportionality.  PCHR and IDMC claim that such behavior is considered a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

According to the human rights organizations, relief organizations fail to understand the nature of the areas of restricted access in Gaza and their consequences for Palestinian residents.  

The report claims that for these organizations “focus is on finding shelter for residents whose houses have been demolished without paying attention to their real loss (homes and livelihood) or addressing the underlying cause of this,” namely the restrictions imposed by Israel.

The human rights organizations call for an end to the siege on Gaza and demand Israel to stop targeting farmers and fishermen.


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