Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer met with the head of Hamas’ Political Bureau in Gaza, Yahya Al-Sinwar, on Wednesday, after which he described the meeting as “fruitful”.
After the meeting, Maurer said: “It was a fruitful meeting. We discussed the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, as well as respecting international law.”
Suhair Zaqqout, spokeswoman of the ICRC in Gaza, said that Maurer is not set to hold press briefings in Gaza.
Maurer, however, said in a closed meeting with representatives of the local community and young activists: “The situation in Gaza is a violation of international law. We are hearing from you to pass your voice to the international decision makers and the world.”
Zaqqout said Maurer will then travel to the West Bank, where he plans to meet the Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas then onto Jerusalem to meet the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The ICRC spokeswoman further said that Maurer is going to hold a press conference in Jerusalem to give details of his three-day trip.
The ICRC chief entered Gaza – which has been under an Israeli blockade for 11 years and has been through three major Israeli offensives during the past 10 years – through the Erez Crossing.
The Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt has been blocked since 2013.