31 May '17, 11am

#Israeli policies the root cause of #Palestinian hardship: #UN

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Fifty years after Israel occupied the Palestinian territories, its policies in the West Bank and Gaza are at the root of Palestinian hardship, the United Nations said on Wednesday (May 31). "Occupation policies and practices remain the key cause of humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territories," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report. West Bank and Gaza residents suffer from a lack of basic security, it said, adding that the split between president Mahmoud Abbas' West Bank-based administration and the rival Islamist movement Hamas in Gaza also restricts humanitarian work. "At its heart, the crisis is one of a lack of protection for Palestinian civilians - from violence, from displacement, from restrictions on access to services and livelihoods, and from other rights violations." Get The Straits Time...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/middle-east/israeli-pol...

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