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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
2 June 2005
ICRC takes part in release of Palestinian detainees
Acting as a neutral intermediary, the ICRC has taken part in the process of releasing 400 Palestinian detainees from Israeli places of detention and returning them to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
On 31 May and 1 June, the organization's delegates conducted private interviews with all 400 detainees in order to confirm that each freely consented to the location of his/her release. In particular, the ICRC strived to ensure that the desire of all those wishing to be taken to the place where their families lived would be respected.
Today, ICRC delegates have been present at the various release locations (Tarqumiya, Beituniya, Tulkarm, Salem and Erez) to monitor the process.
Under the Fourth Geneva Convention, the ICRC has since 1967 been visiting Israeli places of detention holding Palestinian detainees to monitor their treatment and living conditions.
For further information, please contact:
Steven Anderson, ICRC Jerusalem, tel. +972 57 7 735 235
Iyad Nasr, ICRC Gaza, tel. +972 59 603 015
Uriel Masad, ICRC Tel Aviv, tel. +972 64 681 45