International aid organizations donate fresh meat, clothing, and assistance to thousands of families in the Gaza Strip for the Eid holiday, as child malnutrition and deep poverty levels rise due to Israel’s strict blockade.
No children were released from Israeli jails and detention centers as part of the recent prisoner exchange, while human rights agencies add that many Palestinian children in Israeli prisons are being tortured.
The sense of joy was palpable in the streets of Gaza on Tuesday as released prisoners were greeted by celebratory crowds. The Electronic Intifada’s Rami Almeghari was there when the first prisoners arrived.
Families in Gaza wait to hear if their loved ones, imprisoned in Israeli jail cells, will be on the list as part of a prisoner swap deal that includes the release of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.
Palestinian lawmakers in Jerusalem — kidnapped, arrested and threatened with deportation by the Israeli government — denounce the International Committee of the Red Cross for not adequately protecting them.