In a flagrant violation of human rights, the Israeli occupation has continued to impose a lockdown on Jericho since the first day of Eid al-Fitr, April 21st. This has had a devastating impact on the lives of the residents, who are facing isolation and difficulties in accessing basic necessities.
The Israeli checkpoints at the entrance and borders of the city have made it almost impossible for workers, employees and students to move in and out of the city. Many of them have been repeatedly late for work or school due to the stringent security checks and long waiting times.
The situation is particularly difficult for those who rely on daily income, as the lockdown has caused significant economic hardship. The lack of access to markets, and the inability to work or conduct business as usual, has gravely impacted the livelihoods of people in the area.
Moreover, the Israeli occupation authorities have conducted mass arrests of Palestinians in Jericho, causing widespread fear and uncertainty in the community. Detainees have been subjected to various forms of torture and ill-treatment, causing immense suffering and psychological trauma.
The extended lockdown and oppressive measures have further undermined the already precarious human rights situation in the Palestinian territories, and must be condemned by the international community. The right to freedom of movement and access to basic necessities ought to be respected and upheld as universal human rights.