Red Cross official: No humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Curious, there is agroup trying to say that this article is false, see the screen capture of the palistinian police statement below:

If the ‘palistinian’ police acknowledge the existence of Mathilde Redmatn and a Deputy Head of the Red Cross in Gaza, then I say you and your anti-semetic propaganda is just that, propaganda…next time your group should do a more thorough ‘cleansing’ of the internet….


Deputy ICRC head in the Strip notes Gazan supermarkets have food; slams Hamas rocket fire; criticizes limits on infrastructure imports.

The Gaza Strip is not suffering from a humanitarian crisis, the deputy head of the Red Cross in Gaza said this week.

Mathilde Redmatn, who has been assigned to Congo and Colombia in the past, said that the “fabric of life” in the region is problematic, adding, “There are two peoples, one living under closure and one living under daily rocket fire, which violates international law.” Her comments were made available on Thursday by the IDF Spokesman’s office.

“There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. If you go to the supermarket, there are products. There are restaurants and a nice beach. The problem is mainly in maintenance of infrastructure and in access to goods, concrete for example,” Redmatn said.

“Israel has the legitimate right to protect the civilian population, this right should be balanced with the rights of 1.5 million people living in the Gaza Strip,” she added.

Although she condemned Hamas rocket attacks on southern Israel, Redmatn also called on the Israeli government to allow more materials to enter the Gaza Strip.

“Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip is against international law because it is directed at civilians,” she says. “We conduct confidential or bilateral dialogue with Hamas on the matter. As time passes, the dialogue also develops.” She said the Red Cross would continue to seek access to abducted IDF soldier Gilad Schalit – who will enter his sixth year of captivity in Jun -, but stressed that the organization lacked the capability to “force anything on Hamas.” Hamas has refused all Red Cross requests to monitor Schalit’s condition.

The Red Cross and the IDF are in close contact with one another to “coordinate the entry of goods into Gaza and the entry and exit of people, sometimes our personnel and sometimes patients who are going to Israel to receive medical care,” she added.

The organization is now seeking to strengthen its relationship with IDF soldiers stationed at the Erez border crossing and around Gaza, the official said.

“Our goal is not to negotiate peace, but to ensure the well-being of the civilian population,” Redmatn said. “We understand and recognize Israel’s right to security but it needs to maintain the balance between that and the right of Palestinians living in Gaza to a living and to proper medical care. Of course this is also the responsibility of Hamas to its citizens and therefore we also have relations with them.”

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2 Responses to Red Cross official: No humanitarian crisis in Gaza

  1. a12iggymom says:

    @mountainbirds: notice the date: So your propaganda is blatantly wrong…you and your anti-semetic friends should do a more thorough cleansing of the internet…

    An International humanitarian law and human rights’ course begins to police officers.
    Tuesday, 10.26.2010, 09:38am (GMT+2)
    Tuesday’s morning , a training course entitled “International humanitarian law, human rights and the Geneva Convention” within18 training hours over three days, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza Strip.
    Brigadier Taiseer Al-Betsh , deputy of police chief, praised the important role played by ICRC in holding such training sessions, and serving the Gazan people in times of peace and war. Whereas , he confirmed that these courses benefit the overall performance of the police positively in human rights aspect.
    Mrs. Mathilde Redmatn , Deputy Director of ICRC head in Gaza , welcomed the participants in the course and stressed that such courses reflect the good relationship between the Ministry of Interior and the Palestinian police and the ICRC in Gaza.
    Mrs. Redmatn pointed that the role of ICRC is to spreading the international humanitarian law but the implementation of this law is the responsibility of police


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