Palestine asks UN to pressure Israel to allow Palestinians to travel through West Bank crossing

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-30 00:04:57|Editor: huaxia

RAMALLAH, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Palestine on Wednesday said it is holding talks with the United Nations over Israel's banning of Palestinians to leave the West Bank via the crossing with Jordan, after Israel returned some Palestinians citing their lack of identification registration.

Ahmad al-Deek, political advisor in the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the remarks to the official Palestinian radio station Voice of Palestine.

During the past week, Israel returned 13 Palestinians from the border, including two women with their newborn children, because their identification card and birth certificates were not validated by Israeli authorities, according to Palestinian sources.

"Banning travel of Palestinian citizens is a discriminatory measure and a flagrant violation of international law," said al-Deek.

Since Palestine announced the abolition of all agreements and understandings reached with Israel and the United States, the Palestinian Authority has not updated the Israeli side on its civil registration status, be it passports, identification cards, birth certificates or other documentation.

Palestinians in the West Bank can only use one border crossing known as al-Karama bridge, or Allenby bridge. Under the COVID-19 crisis, only a few Palestinians stranded on either sides of the border have been allowed to cross the bridge for special reasons. Enditem