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PCHR Closely Follows up Latest incidents in al-Nasser Village and Urges Citizens to Obey Civil Authorities’ Orders in State of Emergency

Ref: 20/2020 PCHR closely follows up latest incidents in al-Nasser village, eastern Rafah, including Police handling of the peaceful protests and injury of several citizens.  PCHR urges citizens to obey civil authorities’ orders in emergencies. According to PCHR’s follow-up, security officers forcibly dispersed a protest organized by hundreds of citizens in al-Nasser village, northeast of Rafah City, at approximately 11:00 on Sunday, 15 March 2020. The demonstrators protested against placing the returnees from abroad via Rafah Border Crossing in a mandatory quarantine at the schools of Ghassan Kanafani and Marmarah in the mentioned village as a precautionary measure to prevent the outbreak...

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PCHR Welcomes Beit Lahia Municipal Council Decision to Abolish Leasing Public Utility for Private Project

Ref: 19/2020 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomes Beit Lahia Municipality decision to withdraw its previous decision to lease public utility for a private project. PCHR calls upon municipal councils and other local bodies to act in the same manner with issues pertaining to public utilities and to follow the necessary legal proceedings for privatization or lease according to the law. In its hearing on 15 January 2020, Beit Lahia Municipal Council issued decision No. 03/2020 to abolish its previous decision issued in hearing No. 46/2019 to lease a public utility lot (Green area) in Qleibo area for use as...

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PCHR Calls for the Expedited Release of Investigation Results on Tragic Nusairat Camp Fire

Ref: 18/2020 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights continues to monitor, with great pain, the consequences of the catastrophic fire at Nusairat camp that took place on 05 March 2020 in a densely populated area at the heart of Nusairat refugee camp market. As a result of the unfortunate event, 19 civilians, including 6 children and 3 women, died and 66 others were wounded. Additionally, the fire caused grave damage to properties, including shops, vehicles and street vendors. PCHR investigated the incident thoroughly its fieldworkers met with dozens of eyewitnesses. Accordingly, it appears that the fire was the result of blast explosion...

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