Israel denies entry visas to UN staff.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the decision had a major impact on the humanitarian community’s ability to support the Palestinians.
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“We are, of course, always in contact with the Israeli authorities regarding this issue, and we hope that it will be resolved,” Dujarric said, as quoted by Arab News, Friday (9/11/2022).
The Israeli Foreign Minister has refused to issue visas to officials from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Israel has also accused aid agency staff of “underestimating” the number of Israeli civilians killed or injured in Palestinian attacks.
The Israeli Foreign Minister said – as reported by Ynet Israel’s website – that OCHA staff continuously count Israelis killed in Palestinian operations, but they cannot be classified as “terrorist attacks”.
“OCHA is accused of reporting the killing or wounding of Israeli civilians under disputed circumstances while taking reports of Palestinian casualties at face value and blaming Israel, including in clashes between IDF forces and Palestinian militants,” the ministry statement said.
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Arab News reached out to the UN, the OCHA office and the Israeli Foreign Minister for comment, but did not receive a response.
Meanwhile, Shawan Jabarin, Director General of the Palestinian Human Rights Organization Al-Haq, told Arab News that he blamed the United Nations for its indolence and negligence in protesting the ban on previous international commissions of inquiry and special reports that interfered with Israel there enter the country. Palestinian Territories, even though Israel is required to cooperate with the United Nations.