A judge has ruled that the home office’s insistence on biometric data, including fingerprints and photos, from Gazans seeking family reunion amounts to “disproportionate interference” in their right to family life.

The immigration tribunal judgment ruled in favour of the Palestinian families, challenging the home office’s refusal to consider the families’ reunion applications.

The judge also said that the home office was in breach of article 8 of the European court of human rights:

“We do not consider that in the context of the conflict in Gaza … that it is necessary for a person to show that they are specifically targeted to be able to establish that they are at risk due to their personal circumstances.”

The Gaza Families Reunited campaign is calling for the creation of a Ukraine-style visa scheme for Palestinians trapped in Gaza.