Tag Archive for ICRC

ICRC send ‘War Surgeons’ to deal with Gaza’s June ‘an-Naksah’ riots

The Red Cross will set up a 50-bed surgical unit at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, just in time for the June 5th anniversary of the an-Naksah, or Arab ‘setback’ of the 1967 Six Day War, when even larger riots are expected to culminate at the Hamas built “return camps” located on Gaza’s border with Israel.



GENEVA – The International Committee of the Red Cross is sending two teams of war surgeons to Gaza and setting up a surgical unit in the enclave’s main hospital to treat heavy casualties from clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians.

Since protests on the Gaza-Israel border began on March 30, Israeli troops have killed 115 Palestinians and wounded more than 13,000 people, including 3,600 by live ammunition, Robert Mardini, ICRC’s director for the Near and Middle East, said. Continue Reading »

ICRC brokers deal allowing Gaza farmers to utilize land adjacent to Israeli border

Negotiated by the Red Cross, the IDF now allows Gazans to farm along the Israeli border for first time since 2006, when the land was deemed a ‘security corridor’ after Hamas began attacking Israelis and border patrols.



A group of Gazans were allowed to farm their land near the border with Israel for the first time since 2006 on Monday after a deal agreed with Israeli authorities.

The deal, brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross, saw around a dozen farmers set foot on land they had not been able to access since Israel began imposing punitive measures on the Palestinian enclave more than a decade ago to isolate the strip’s leaders Hamas. Continue Reading »

IDF recovered bodies of 5 Palestinian terrorists killed in ‘terror tunnel’ blast

A senior IDF official commented last week in a statement that there would be no efforts made by Israel to return the terrorists’ bodies to Gaza until there is progress in talks on the return at least 4 Israelis, including the two deceased soldiers held by Hamas.
• Death toll of dead terrorist from IDF’s terror-tunnel demolition now, 12.

By i24NEWS


The Israeli army revealed on Sunday that it is holding the bodies of five militants killed last week when the Israel destroyed a “terror tunnel” that was burrowed into its territory from Gaza.


Twelve militants, most of whom belonged to the Islamic Jihad group, died when the army blew the tunnel up on October 30, however several more men were unaccounted for. Continue Reading »

IDF tells ICRC ‘No’ search for buried Gaza terrorists until agreement on Israeli captives

Knowing Hamas is holding 2 captives and the remains of 2 deceased soldiers in Gaza (for years), the Red Cross had no reservations asking Israel to locate 5 missing tunnel-diggers believed to be ‘buried’ in Israel.

By i24NEWS


Israel will not allow a search for Palestinian militants missing and presumed dead after an Israeli strike on a terror tunnel to be retrieved until there is “progress” on the return of Israelis held captive by Hamas, a senior Israeli defense official said on Thursday.

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On Monday the Israeli army said it had detected and destroyed a tunnel reportedly being dug by the Islamic Jihad terror group, which stretched into Israel from the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »

Hamas refuses Red Cross chief access to 3 Israeli captives

Hamas told ICRC chief Peter Maurer that they will release information on the Israelis held in Gaza only if Israel releases the 54 Palestinian terrorists re-arrested after having been released in a 2011 swap.

By Daniel Siryoti, Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Tuesday discussed the fate of two Israeli civilians and the remains of two Israeli soldiers believed to be held by Hamas in a meeting with the leader of the Islamic terrorist group.

Hamas is believed to hold the bodies of Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul and Lt. Continue Reading »

Abandoning Israelis kept hostage, ICRC demands Israel reinstate visits to Hamas prisoners


In effort to pressure Hamas to release Israeli hostages, and the bodies of kidnaped killed soldiers, Israel suspended visitation rights to their terrorist prisoners.
• Israel’s Public Security Ministry rejected the ICRC’s request outright.
• Father of Lt. Hadar Goldin, whose body is held by Hamas, says demand demonstrates the Red Cross’ “hypocrisy and inhumanity”

By Itsik Saban


The International Committee of the Red Cross has demanded that Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan reinstate visitation rights for Hamas prisoners from Gaza who are serving time in Israeli prisons. According to the committee, Israel’s decision to prevent family members from visiting security prisoners is a “violation of the Geneva Convention.” Continue Reading »

ICRC official corrects Palestinian assertions: ‘Israel is not an apartheid state’


Jacques De Maio, who heads the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation to Israel and the PA, clears up inaccuracies expressed to the ICRC about Israel: ‘There are no IDF orders to shoot suspects to kill, as political officials have tried to convince us’.
– De Maio also rejects claims of apartheid: ‘There isn’t a regime here that is based on the superiority of one race over another; there is no disenfranchisement of basic human rights based on so-called racial inferiority.’

By Sever Plocker


With an annual budget of about $2 billion and 16,000 staff, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is the biggest humanitarian organization in the world. Continue Reading »

REPORT: Palestinian violence led Red Cross to shut down Gaza office


Seeking a “safe working environment” the Committee of the Red Cross temporarily shuts down its Gaza office after angry Palestinian activists attempted a forceful break in.

By Dalit Halevi


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Sunday temporarily shut down its office in Gaza City after Palestinian activists attempted to break into the office, the Ma’an news agency reported.

ICRC in Gaza (archive) – Reuters

ICRC spokeswoman Suheir Zaqqut told Ma’an that the office was shut down after “solidarity activists” who demonstrated outside the office in support of hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Mohammed al-Qiq “attempted to break into the office.”
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Israel Lodges Formal Complaint Against Palestinian Red Crescent


Israeli officials demand explanation from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, after Arab ambulance of the Palestinian Red Crescent ignored dying Jewish victims of terror attack on Friday near Hevron.

By Nitsan Kedar


Following reports that a Red Crescent ambulance passed by the site of Friday’s deadly terrorist attack and ignored the victims as they lay dying, the Israeli government will be launching an international campaign against the organization, which in principle does not treat Jews – despite being bound to treat all casualties regardless off their identity.

Red Crescent ambulance (file) – Reuters

Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency service, by contrast, regularly treats Palestinians. Continue Reading »

Red Cross Keeps Israeli Captives’ Fate to Themselves

Refusing to deliver Hamas’ response on fate of captive Israelis to their families, the ICRC reminds Israel, the law doesn’t require them to negotiate or secure return of living captives.

By Dalit Halevy


Jacques De Maio, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross’s delegation in Israel and “the occupied territories,” told the Hamas paper Al-Risalah Net that he had contacted Hamas about the fate of captured Israelis after receiving requests from their families.

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According to De Maio, contact between the Red Cross and the families of missing Israelis currently held in Gaza has been completely covert.

The Red Cross relayed the request for details about the missing Israelis to Hamas, according to De Maio, but he refused to divulge the response given by the Hamas terrorist organization regarding their fate. Continue Reading »

Report: Israel Plans Creation of Buffer Zone to Save Syrian Druze

By i24news


Israel intends to create a humanitarian buffer zone inside Syria, along its border, in order to help that country’s Druze, according to the Walla News web site. Israel is in contact with the Red Cross and various countries regarding the buffer zone.

Haim Zach

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin visits the grave of the prophet Jethro in the Galilee, in honor of the Druze holiday Nebi Shuayb, April 27, 2015 – Photo: Haim Zach

A diplomatic source told Walla that “there is no intention to ignore the possibility of a massacre against the Druze.” Continue Reading »

Red Cross Official: World applies double standard with Israel


ICRC official says Israel & Hamas are both guilty of legal violations in Gaza, but the world only focuses on Israel.


The head of the International Red Cross in Israel and the Palestinian areas said Tuesday that the world was holding Israel to a double standard when it came to war crimes allegations.

Top ICRC legal official

Top ICRC legal official Jacques De Maio at the Institute for National Security Studies, December 2. – Photo: YONAH JEREMY BOB

Jacques De Maio was one of a number of non-Israeli officials speaking at an Institute for National Security Studies conference on the law of armed conflict in urban areas. Continue Reading »

Hamas militant found with pocket guidelines for exploiting civilians


A Hamas instruction manual found on body of terrorists, orders fighters to hide behind civilians, proving Hamas exploited the IDF’s attempts to minimize civilian casualties, & even admit as such: ‘IDF limits use of ammunition to avoid harming civilians.’

By Yuval Karni, Benjamin Tobias


A notepad found by IDF soldiers during fighting in Gaza details instructions for terrorists to operate from within civilian population centers in Gaza in a bid to force the IDF to harm innocent civilians.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni presented on Thursday a document in Arabic which explicitly instructs terrorists to deliberately fire at the Israeli army from within places where civilians are present, and thus harm its image. Continue Reading »

Gaza facing sewage and water crisis if hostilities continue

UN aid NGOs cite health and safety concerns as lack of water treatment leading to sewage on the beach & 90% undrinkable water. Agencies see serious immediate concerns should situation not stabilize.

By Reuters


GENEVA – Hundreds of thousands of Gazans are without water after Israeli air strikes have wrecked the water and sewage system and threatened the entire strip with a water crisis within days, aid agencies warned on Tuesday.

Aid agencies say that IAF bombardments of the Gaza Strip are responsible for an imending water and sanitary crisis in the Strip. (Photo: EPA)

Aid agencies say that IAF bombardments of the Gaza Strip are responsible for an imending water and sanitary crisis in the Strip. – Photo: EPA

The eight-day assault has caused massive damage to infrastructure and destroyed at least 560 homes, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) said. Continue Reading »

Hamas refuses Israeli humanitarian aid: Won’t accept Jewish blood for Gaza hospitals


Israel offers to transfer blood units to Gaza Hospitals via Red Cross, but Abbas’ Palestinian Authority rejects humanitarian gesture.

Jerusalem approves Red Cross request to include representatives in Israel’s MDA situation assessments of #OperationProtectiveEdge

By Meital Yasur Beit-Or


Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA)emergency services on Monday offered to transfer blood units and donations to Gaza Strip, but the humanitarian gesture was rejected by the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian Authority rejects Magen David Adom’s suggestions to facilitate blood drive [Illustrative] – Photo: Reuters

According to MDA Director Eli Bin, the organization then offered to assist the PA by facilitating blood drives involving Palestinian or Israeli Arab donors, but that offer was rejected as well.

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