Israel did not allow UN rights chief in Palestine

Chief of the United Nations panel on Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Arab territories Prasda Karioiosan said he was disappointed about failure to visit the occupied territories in Palestine.

Israel did not allow UN rights chief in Palestine
Chief of the United Nations panel on Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Arab territories Prasda Karioiosan said he was disappointed about failure to visit the occupied territories in Palestine.

The panel was unable to visit Gaza Strip due to strict embargo imposed on the area by Israel, the UN official told reporters here Thursday evening.

The situations in the strip and the West Bank arouse grave concern of not only the panel but the international community as well due to the paralyzed economic life there, he regretted.

The UN panel scheduled to visit those areas to have first-hand information on the situations there and listen to testimonies of the local citizen on the Israeli practices against them, he pointed out. However, Israel denied the panel access to the areas.

The UN panel is scheduled to visit Konaitera area in the Golan Heights Friday to meet its governor on the latest developments of the human rights situation under Israeli occupation there.

The testimonies of the governor and eyewitness will be appended to the report drawn by the Syrian Foreign Ministry and tabled to the UN General Assembly, he disclosed.

Syria seeks to alleviate the suffering of its 15 nationals who spent long years in Israeli jails under inhuman conditions. Some of the detainees spent more than 20 years and others passed away due to health problems.

Ata Farahat, a Syrian TV reporter, and his colleague Yussef Shams were also detained by Israeli forces in the Golan Heights recently.

The UN panel will appeal to the international community to work to release the detainees, the UN official added.

As part of its current tour of the Middle East, the panel visited Egypt and Jordan before coming to Syria.

Agencies
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