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Gaza committee announces boycott of ICRC over NGO's 'failures'

Feb. 6, 2017 7:18 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 6, 2017 7:18 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma’an) -- The prisoners’ committee of the Palestinian National and Islamic Forces coalition in Gaza announced on Monday that it had decided it will boycott the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).

In a statement, the prisoners’ committee admonished ICRC for its “failure to fulfill its duties” towards Palestinians held in Israeli custody, and said that it would continue to hold weekly protests in front of ICRC’s headquarters in Gaza.

However, it remained unclear what the committee’s specific criticisms were vis-a-vis ICRC.

ICRC acts as an institutional medium between the families of imprisoned Palestinians and Israeli authorities, making prisoners’ relatives heavily reliant on the international NGO for a number of issues, including arranging visitations.

ICRC was the target of protests last summer after the group reduced family visits to male Palestinian prisoners from twice a month to just once.

ICRC has also been criticized for its perceived inability to improve incarceration conditions in Israeli prisons.
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