Israel blackmailing besieged Gazans at Erez crossing

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Israeli agents continue to blackmail Gazan patients into working as spies at the Israeli controlled Erez crossing in northern Gaza. In July alone, four Palestinians were detained at the crossing despite receiving exit permits from Israeli authorities. The latest victim of Israeli spy network is 28-year-old Husam Zaanin form the town of Beth Hanoun in the northernmost tip of the coastal strip. He was arrested on the 23rd of July. Israeli inhumane practices not only hurt the patients but they also traumatize their families. The wives and children of victims are the most affected. According to the Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights, many Gazan patients are blackmailed to work as Israeli spies in order to attain exit permits through the Israeli crossing. Israeli forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005 but Tel-Aviv still imposes a tight sea, air, and land blockade on the people of Gaza. With the international apathy towards the plight of Palestinians, many here feel that they will continue to suffer amid Israel's inhumane blockade on the impoverished coastal strip.

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