International Committee of the Red Cross has admitted that it hasn’t received any response from Israel to it’s inquiries about 19 Palestinians who went missing in the besieged Gaza Strip during Israel’s attack in 2014:
“As a nonpartisan mediator, the ICRC offered to help the Palestinian families identify the missing persons, but so far, the ICRC hasn’t received answers from the Israeli authorities,” International Committee of the Red Cross’ representative Suhair Zakkout said.
Palestinian al-Mezan Center for Human Rights claims it has been able to get information from Israeli sources that would indicate that at least six of the missing Palestinians are alive and in Israeli captivity.
Some of the relatives of the missing speculate that the fate of their missing relatives is connected to the case of the five Israeli citizens, three civilians (two of them claimed to be mentally ill by Israel) and two soldiers who are possibly held in the besieged Gaza Strip by Hamas’ armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades.
The case of the latter have received relatively wide publicity in ‘Western’ and Israeli media, that of the 19 missing Palestinians basically none.
“Intentional blocking of information about any person lost in any armed conflict is a violation of international humanitarian law,” according to ICRC’s Zakkout.