PCHR :Israeli Forces Continue Systematic Crimes In the occupied Palestinian Territory

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The Palestinian center for human rights said in its weekly report on Israeli human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory between 13 to 19 September 2018 that Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territorys.

According the report  Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip.

PCHR said in the report that 7 civilians, including 2 children, were killed, while a third child succumbed to his wounds

The report added 278 civilians, including 46 children, 10 women, 4 journalists and 9 paramedics, were wounded.Twelve of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

In the west bank and Jerusalem a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli police in Jerusalem, and another died only few hours after his arrest, another 8 Palestinian civilians, including a child and journalist, were wounded in the West Bank.

The report also mentioned several forms of Israeli aggression against Palestinian people

– Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip.

– An aritilery shell fell inside Abu T’eimah School in ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, causing material damage to two classrooms.

· Israeli forces conducted 75 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 2 limited incursions into the Gaza Strip.

– 75 civilians, including 8 children, and a French activist were arrested in the West Bank.

– 33 of them, including 3 children, were arrested in Jerusalem.

– A child was arrested along the border fence in the central Gaza Strip and was released after being questioned.

· Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.

– 5 dwellings temporarily set by Palestinian activities near Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin Community were demolished.

– 4 civilians were denied entry into al-Aqsa Mosque.

· Israeli forces continued their settlement activities in the West Bank.

– Settlers have established a settlement outpost and burnt 200 olive trees in southern Bethlehem.

· Shooting was reported against the Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Sea, but no casualties were reported.

– 3 fishermen were arrested, and their fishing boat was confiscated.

· Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 11th consecutive year.

– Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.

– 8 Palestinian civilians were arrested, including 3 children and a girl, at the military checkpoints in the West Bank.

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 25th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period, the Israeli forces killed 7 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, while a third child succumbed to previous wounds in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, 278 civilians, including 46 children, 10 women, 4 journalists, and 9 paramedics, were wounded. In the West Bank, A Palestinian civilian died only few hours after being arrested in light of having suspicions that the brutal beating he was subject to caused his death. Moreover, a Palestinian was shot dead by the Israeli Police in occupied East Jerusalem and wounded 8 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a journalist.

In the Gaza Strip, on 14 September 2018, the Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians during their participation in the Return and Breaking the Siege protests. The first one was identified as Mohammed Shaqourah (20) from al-Maghazi refugee camp, after being shot with a bullet to the chest in eastern al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip while the second was identified as Hani ‘Afanah (21) after being shot with a bullet to the chest in eastern al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.

On 18 September 3018, the Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians during their participation in the Return and Breaking the Siege protests in the northern Gaza Strip. Those killed were identified as Mohammed abu Naji (32), from Beit Lahia Housing Project, who was hit with a bullet to the chest, and Ahmed ‘Omer (24), from al-Shati’a refugee camp, who was hit with a bullet to the chest as well.

On the same day, the Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, when they approached the broder fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel in eastern al-Qararah village, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. They were identified as Naji Abu ‘Aasi (17) and ‘Alaa Abu ‘Aasi (20); who are both from Bani Suhaila. PCHR’s investigations into emphasize that the two killed were civilians who were near the barbed-wire fence that is around 50 meters away from the main border fence. Although no circumstances clarified the reason behind their presence in the scene, they did not pose any threat to the life of soldiers as both were unarmed; moreover, targeting them violates the principle of necessity and distinction as the Israeli forces used unjustified force.

On 19 September 2018, Israeli forces killed Mo’men Abu ‘Eyaadah (15) after being hit with a bullet to the head during his participation in a gathering of dozens of civilians in the Return encampment near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel in eastern al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip.

In the same context, the medical sources at the Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis on 15 September 2018 declared the death of Suhaib Abu Kashif (16) from Khan Younis refugee camp, after succumbing to his wounds. The aforementioned child was wounded with a bullet to the neck during his participation in the Return March activities in eastern Khuza’ah village, eat of Kahn Younis on 03 August 2018.

As part of using excessive force against the peaceful protestors along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli forces during the reporting period wounded 278 civilians, including 46 children, 10 women, 4 journalists and 9 paramedics. The injury of 12 of those wounded was described as serious.

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