Amnesty International condemned the decision of the Israeli occupation authorities to close the Health Work Committees Institution in the West Bank, saying that it would have serious consequences for the health needs of Palestinians.
The organization said, in a statement, that Israel has a clear obligation to protect the rights of Palestinians as an occupying power in accordance with international law.
The organization called on the Israeli authorities to immediately retract the decision to close the institution, and to put an end to the harassment of health workers.
Amnesty International considered targeting the institution as part of a broader attack launched by Israel against Palestinian civil society organizations.
Amnesty International’s statement came in response to the Israeli occupation forces storming the headquarters of the Health Work Committees Foundation in the city of Al-Bireh in the West Bank, and closing it for 6 months.
The director of the foundation, Shatha Odeh, stated in a telephone conversation with Al-Jazeera that the occupation soldiers blew up the main door of the institution, destroyed some of its contents and confiscated its computers.
She added that the decision to close the occupation comes under false security pretexts, stressing that this is the second intrusion into the institution during the past two months.
The Palestinian Minister of Health, Mai Kaila, denounced the Israeli occupation forces’ storming of the headquarters of the Health Work Committees Foundation in Al-Bireh, and said that the occupation authorities do not care about international laws.