Urgent alert from Palestine Medical Relief, 14 June2003

Palestine Medical Relief and Palestine Monitor

Stop Attacks on the Village of Deir Ghassaneh

Friday 13th June, 2003

Palestine Medical Relief and Palestine Monitor have just received an urgent call for help from the villagers of Deir Ghassaneh, near Ramallah in the West Bank. At 3am this morning, the Israeli occupying army surrounded and blocked the village, declaring a curfew. At 12pm some of the villagers heard cries for help. They discovered that the army was burying alive three of the villagers who were seeking safety in a cave. The soldiers shut off the entrance to the cave. The villagers attempted to rescue them but were shot at by the army. It is not known whether they have survived the attacks.

At around 5pm, the Israeli occupying army blew open the door of the Palestine Medical Relief clinic and invaded it. They also attacked several houses. In other parts of the village, the Israeli occupying army is shooting and arresting villagers. As of
yet, it is not known how many have been killed and injured.

Palestine Medical Relief urges you to respond to the calls for help that we have received. We severely condemn these attacks, as they constitute a gross violation of International Law. We call upon all humanitarian, human rights and health organizations to apply immediate pressure on the Israeli army and the Israeli government to end its attacks on the village of Deir Ghassaneh and
Palestine Medical Relied clinics. 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: rohm@pmo.gov.il

Elyakim Rubinstein
Attorney-General/Legal Advisor to the Government
Ministry of Justice
9 Salah al-Din Street
Jerusalem 91010, Israel
Fax: +972 2 6285438

Shaul Mofaz – Minister of Defense
Kaplan St.
Hakirya Tel-Aviv 61909
Tel: 972-3-5692010 Fax: 972-3-6916940

Mr Sergio de Mello – UN High Commissioner on Human Rights
8-14 Avenue de la Paris
1211 Geneva 10

For further information please contact + 972 59 254 218

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