French Doctors demand free accessto Rafah camp for all humanitarian groups

21st May 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 21 (AFP) - The Doctors Without Borders humanitarian group on Friday demanded free access for all charities to residents of the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli forces have been conducting a massive operation since Tuesday.

PARIS, May 21 (AFP) - The Doctors Without Borders humanitarian group on Friday demanded free access for all charities to residents of the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, where Israeli forces have been conducting a massive operation since Tuesday.

In a statement released in Paris, the group also asked for an end to "firing on civilians and to the massive destruction of homes."

Doctors Without Borders said its teams had great difficulty in reaching rescue centers in the area.

"With virtally no cordination with Israeli military authorities on the ground, our teams, which have official permission to circulate, are being threatened and blocked by tanks," it added.

The group said it had been operating in Rafah for the past four years "to provide medical, psychological and social assistance to residents faced with repeated violence."

Israeli troops early Friday withdrew from the Tal al-Sultan neighborhood of Rafah where they killed 10 Palestinians in dispersing a protest by hundreds of demonstrators two days ago, an AFP correspondent reported.

The troops left behind leaflets in which they appealed to the population to prevent "terrorists" from operating in the area.

Israeli military sources said Operation Rainbow, launched early Tuesday in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip near the Israeli-Egyptian border, is continuing and that the withdrawal of forces from Tal al-Sultan was merely a "redeployment."

A total of 43 have been killed since the start of the operation, designed to smash tunnels used by Palestinian militants to smuggle weapons from Egypt.

© AFP

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