Palestinian Medical Relief
URGENT APPEAL UPDATE
Release Medical Personel
Wednesday 7th May 2003
Following on from our recent appeal regarding Israeli occupying army attacks on two medical relief clinics and training centers in Nablus and Ramallah, and the arrest of Dr Mohammed Skafi (Head of Emergency Services and First Aid), Mr Nasaif Al Dik (Coordinator of Community Health Projects) Shadi Abu Bakr and Ahmed Badwan (medical relief volunteers), we are pleased to announce the release of Dr Mohammed Skafi.
Thanks to the good efforts of the international community, Dr Skafi was released on Monday the 5th of May at 5.00 pm, after being held at a detention center at the Beit El settlement. Dr Skafi was released without charge and did not endure any interrogation procedures.
However, Shadi Abu Bakr remains in the detention center at Beit El settlement. The Israeli army has refused to release him and has prevented his Lawyer from meeting with him. Mr Nasaif Al Dik and Ahmed Badwan are also still being held at a detention center at Petah Tikva. The Israeli army has refused to allow Lawyers to meet with them too. In addition, equipment stolen from the medical relief clinics and training centers has not been returned.
We call upon all humanitarian, human rights and health organizations to apply immediate pressure on the Israeli army and the Israeli government to release the remaining prisoners so that they may return to their essential humanitarian work. Please also demand that all stolen equipment must be returned to the medical centers immediately. Please protest to the following:
Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister Office of the Prime Minister
3 Kaplan Street, P O Box 187
Jerusalem 91919, Israel
Fax: +972 2 6705475 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attorney-General/Legal Advisor to the Government
Ministry of Justice
9 Salah al-Din Street
Jerusalem 91010, Israel Fax: +972 2 6285438
Minister of Defence
Hakirya Tel-Aviv 61909
Tel: 972-3-5692010 Fax: 972-3-6916940