The offensive in the Gaza Strip has resulted in widespread injury to the civilian population. At the time of writing, and since the fighting began, at least 718 people have been killed, with most sources and estimates indicating that at least 70% of those killed were civilians who were not involved in the hostilities. Over 140,000 people have abandoned their homes and taken shelter in UNWRA buildings. In addition to serious damage to the water and electricity infrastructure, there has been serious damage to hospitals and medical institutions and destruction of residential buildings.
This appeal is concerned with the absence of any secure area in the Gaza Strip to which civilians can escape to protect their lives and ensure their safety and that of their families. We demand the immediate opening of an escape route for civilians to escape the battle zone.
The organizations who signed the letter:
Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel / Association for Civil Rights in Israel / Bimkom - Planners for Planning Rights / B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories / Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement / HaMoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual / Machsom Watch / Physicians for Human Rights – Israel / Public Committee Against Torture in Israel / Rabbis for Human Rights / Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Rights