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  • 11:45 - 4 April 2018

Israeli Crimes against Palestinians Continue amid Calls for investigation

 Gaza,(DRAH.ps)—Israeli Occupation Forces continue their crimes against Palestinian people who demand protest against Israeli occupation of their land.

A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on the Gaza border Tuesday, the health ministry in the Strip said, as tensions remained high days after 18 people were killed during the Great March of Return.

 The ministry identified the martyr as 25-year-old Ahmad Arafa, saying he was shot in clashes east of Bureij in central Gaza.

Medics added that some 6 others were injured by IOF.

Human Rights Watch held on Tuesday senior Israeli officials' responsibility for the killings of 14 demonstrators in Gaza and the injuring of hundreds on March 30, 2018.

 Senior Israeli officials have unlawfully called for use of live ammunition against Palestinian demonstrations who posed no imminent threat to life, the rights group said.

 The group quoted the IOF chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, as announcing that he would deploy 100 snipers to the Gaza border area to block “mass infiltration” or damage to the border fence, saying that, “The orders are to use a lot of force.”

 The high number of deaths and injuries was the foreseeable consequence of granting soldiers leeway to use lethal force outside of life-threatening situations in violation of international norms, coupled with the longstanding culture of impunity within the Israeli army for serious abuses, the international group charged.

 “Israeli soldiers were not merely using excessive force, but were apparently acting on orders that all but ensured a bloody military response to the Palestinian demonstrations,” said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The result was foreseeable deaths and injuries of demonstrators on the other side of a border who posed no imminent threat to life.”

 The killings highlight the importance of the International Criminal Court prosecutor opening a formal investigation into serious international crimes in Palestine, Human Rights Watch said.


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