Two Palestinian Killed, 240 Injured in Clashes With IOF at Gaza Border Protest 

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Two Palestinian killed and 240 others injured today Friday in clashes with IOF  at Gaza Border Protest  acoording local sources.

According to medical sources, Karim Fattair, 32, from Deir El-Balah killed by IOF after he was wounded in Al-Boreij refugee camp.

Akram Sa’id Muammar from east of Rafah was shot by Israeli snipers, while a second serious injury was reported in the neck during the clashes in the Rafah border with Israel.

the Gaza Health Ministry reported. 240 Palestinian were reported wounded, 26 of which from live gunfire.

The committee organizing the  ‘March of Return protests’ called for mass participation on Friday.

Earlier Friday, the ministry’s spokesperson confirmed hospitals are preparing to receive patients. 156 have been evacuated to hospitals so far.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Right PCHR hereby condemns these crimes committed by the Israeli forces, believing it is as a result of Israel’s enjoying impunity thanks to the U.S. and so encouraging the Israeli forces to commit further crimes upon an official decision by the highest military and political echelons.

PCHR emphasizes that continuously inflicting casualties, either killed or wounded, is unjustified and targeting and killing civilians, who exercise their right to peaceful assembly or while carrying out their humanitarian duty, using lethal force is a serious violation of the rules of intentional law and international humanitarian law.

PCHR emphasizes that ongoing attacks against the Palestinian medical staffers, especially those working in the field, and ambulances constitute a serious violation of the international human rights and humanitarian laws and the international standards regulating the protection rules of medical personnel, including paramedics, their vehicles and medical facilities. The serious violations and deliberate attacks against the medical personnel amount to war crimes according to the 1949 fourth Geneva Convention, particularly the scope of protection provided to them.

PCHR also stresses that this ongoing policy by Israel violates the Rome STATUTE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) and Fourth Geneva Convention, and its practices qualify to war crimes. Thus, PCHR calls upon the ICC Prosecutor to open an official investigation into these crimes in addition to prosecuting and holding accountable all of those involved in issuing decisions and orders in the Israeli forces at the political and security level and those applying the orders.

PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

PCHR calls upon Switzerland, in its capacity as the Depository State for the Convention, to demand the High Contracting Parties to convene a meeting and ensure Israel’s respect for this Convention, noting that these grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied territories.

Senior Hamas official Ismael Hanyya and Khalil al-Hayya also implored Gazans to participate in the march today as they participated in the demonstrations.

Khalil Al-Hayya the deputy head of the political bureau of Hamas in the Gaza Strip said that Egyptian, international and national efforts aimed at concluding a calming down agreement with Israel have reached their final stages.

He added that the talk to raech a truce agreement based on the understandings of 2014, indicating that the coming days will be semi-final stages to sign this agreement.

Al-Hayya also said : “We are with the truce in Gaza to give our people an opportunity to live in dignity and peace  and continue our struggle to bring down the deal of the century,” pointing out that the Trump deal began in Jerusalem.