Ismail Haniyeh, the elected head of the Palestinian government in Gaza, has called on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to put pressure the Israeli Occupation to repeal its decisions to deport the Jerusalemite MPs currently seeking sanctuary at their headquarters in Jerusalem and to work toward enabling prisoners’ families to visit their loved ones in Israeli jails.
Haniyeh received an ICRC delegation at his office for a meeting on Wednesday [06.10.2010] during which he reviewed some of the issues being faced in the Gaza Strip and possible ICRC assistance. These Issues include problems related to water, sewage, electricity and allowing construction material into the Strip.
The discussion between Haniyeh and the Red Cross delegation also covered the ICRC’s activities in the Palestinian Territories and the situation of detainees in Israeli prisons, such as their families being prevented from visiting them and the racist, discriminatory procedures exercised by the Israeli Occupation against them.
The ICRC delegation informed Haniyeh about the Red Cross’s economic and health projects in the Gaza Strip and the organisation’s efforts to facilitate visits to detainees as well as fulfilling some of the detainees’ needs and reassuring their families and loved ones.
Haniyeh expressed his appreciation of the ICRC’s efforts referring to their positive impact on citizens, especially the families of detainees. He also expressed his appreciation of the Red Cross’s solidarity with the Jerusalemite members of parliament.