Mohammad Fayez Abu Sadeq

September 24, 2018: Mohammad Fayez Salim Abu Sadeq, 21, was killed by Israeli soldiers killed during a protest in northern Gaza, as many boats attempted to sail and challenge the ongoing Israeli siege on the coastal region. 90 Palestinians were wounded, several of them shot with live bullets fired by the Israeli military.

Media sources in Gaza said the soldiers fired a barrage of live fire, in addition to high-velocity gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed that the soldiers killed Mohammad Fayez Salim Abu Sadeq, 21, and injured ninety other Palestinians, including ten who were shot with live fire.

It added that the soldiers also fired a gas bomb directly at a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance, while trying to reach some of the wounded protesters.

Furthermore, the soldiers shot Monser Sawwaf, a cameraman working of the Anadolu Turkish News Agency, with a gas bomb in his leg, while live rounds also struck his camera and equipment.

It is worth mentioning that, using slingshots, Palestinian protesters managed to down an Israeli drone while firing gas bombs at them.

The soldiers also fired many gas bombs and live rounds at the boats, trying to break the illegal siege on Gaza.

The attack on the floating protest followed a week of violence by Israeli soldiers against non-violent Palestinian demonstrators.

On Sunday evening, the soldiers killed a young Palestinian man, identified as Emad Daoud Eshteiwi, 21, and injured at least 20 others, including one medic, along the eastern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, the soldiers killed a Palestinian child, identified as Mo’men Ibrahim Abu Eyada, 15, after shooting him in the head while he was participating in a non-violent protest east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the soldiers killed four Palestinians, at dawn and during evening hours, east of Khan Younis, and near Beit Hanoun (Erez) Terminal in northern Gaza, and injured dozens of residents with live fire, in addition firing many gas bombs and concussion grenades causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The slain Palestinians have been identified as Ahmad Mohammad Mohsin Omar, 20, from the al-Shati’ refugee camp, Mohammad Ahmad Abu Naji, 34, from Jabalia, in addition to Naji Jamil Abu ‘Aassi, 18, and Ala’ Ziad Abu ‘Aassi, 21, from Khan Younis.

On the same day, the soldiers killed Mohammad Yousef Sha’ban Oleyyan, 26, in occupied East Jerusalem, in addition to Mohammad Zaghloul al-Khatib, 24, after assaulting him in his home in Beit Rima town, northwest of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

Over 180 Palestinians have been killed and thousands others injured since the outbreak of the Gaza border protests, on March 30. The protests call for ending the 12-year-long Israeli blockade of Gaza and for the right of return of the refugees.

Mohammad was from the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Emad Daoud Eshteiwi

Emad ShteiwiSeptember 23, 2018: Emad Daoud Eshteiwi, 21, was killed by Israeli soldiers who fired a bullet in his head while he was participating in a non-violent protest at the border fence with Israel, in the eastern part of the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that in addition to killing Emad, Israeli soldiers injured at least 20 other protesters, including one medic.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said the soldiers shot Emad with a live round in the head, east of Gaza city, and moderately injured a medic in the leg.

He added that the soldiers also shot twenty Palestinians with live rounds, along the perimeter fence, in the eastern parts of the coastal region, especially east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, where the army shot at least 14 Palestinians.

The Palestinians were shot during the ongoing Great Return March processions in the besieged Gaza Strip, while many burnt tires in an attempt to block the sniper vision of the Israeli soldiers, stationed hundreds of meters away, across the perimeter fence.

In addition, Israeli drones fired missiles at protesters near the fence, east of Gaza city, causing several injuries.

The killing of Emad followed a week of violence by Israeli forces against unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza.

On September 21, 2018, Karim Mohammad Kollab, 25, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers while participating in a non-violent protest at the Israeli border east of Gaza City.

On the same day that Karim was killed, Israeli soldiers injured 312 other Palestinians, including 54 with live fire, after the army attacked the Great Return March processions, in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, the soldiers killed a Palestinian child, identified as Mo’men Ibrahim Abu Eyada, 15, after shooting him in the head while he was participating in a non-violent protest east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the soldiers killed four Palestinians, at dawn and during evening hours, east of Khan Younis, and near Beit Hanoun (Erez) Terminal in northern Gaza, and injured dozens of residents with live fire, in addition firing many gas bombs and concussion grenades causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The slain Palestinians have been identified as Ahmad Mohammad Mohsin Omar, 20, from the al-Shati’ refugee camp, Mohammad Ahmad Abu Naji, 34, from Jabalia, in addition to Naji Jamil Abu ‘Aassi, 18, and Ala’ Ziad Abu ‘Aassi, 21, from Khan Younis.

On the same day, the soldiers killed Mohammad Yousef Sha’ban Oleyyan, 26, in occupied East Jerusalem, in addition to Mohammad Zaghloul al-Khatib, 24, after assaulting him in his home in Beit Rima town, northwest of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

Over 180 Palestinians have been killed and thousands others injured since the outbreak of the Gaza border protests, on March 30. The protests call for ending the 12-year-long Israeli blockade of Gaza and for the right of return of the refugees.

Emad was from Gaza City, in the central part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Karim Mohammad Kollab

September 21, 2018: Karim Mohammad Kollab, 25, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers while participating in a non-violent protest at the Israeli border east of Gaza City.

On the same day that Karim was killed, Israeli soldiers injured 312 other Palestinians, including 54 with live fire, after the army attacked the Great Return March processions, in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed that the soldiers killed Karim, after shooting him with live fire, east of Gaza city.

It added that the soldiers also injured 312 Palestinians, including 100 with live fire.

100 of the wounded Palestinians were rushed to hospitals in the Gaza Strip, while five of the injured residents suffered life-threatening wounds.

The Health Ministry also said that among the wounded are twenty children and two women.

In related news, an Israeli tank fired a shell at Palestinian protesters near the perimeter fence, east of Gaza city, while an Israeli drone fired two missiles at a site, east of Gaza.

According to online Israeli daily Haaretz, the army carried out several air strikes in northern Gaza, and quoted the military alleging that a number of protesters “hurled explosives and grenades,” in addition to burning tires.

It added that one soldier was mildly injured by shrapnel, while firefighters extinguished six blazes caused by flaming balloons and kites, near the border area.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, the soldiers killed a Palestinian child, identified as Mo’men Ibrahim Abu Eyada, 15, after shooting him in the head while he was participating in a non-violent protest east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the soldiers killed four Palestinians, at dawn and during evening hours, east of Khan Younis, and near Beit Hanoun (Erez) Terminal in northern Gaza, and injured dozens of residents with live fire, in addition firing many gas bombs and concussion grenades causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The slain Palestinians have been identified as Ahmad Mohammad Mohsin Omar, 20, from the al-Shati’ refugee camp, Mohammad Ahmad Abu Naji, 34, from Jabalia, in addition to Naji Jamil Abu ‘Aassi, 18, and Ala’ Ziad Abu ‘Aassi, 21, from Khan Younis.

On the same day, the soldiers killed Mohammad Yousef Sha’ban Oleyyan, 26, in occupied East Jerusalem, in addition to Mohammad Zaghloul al-Khatib, 24, after assaulting him in his home in Beit Rima town, northwest of Ramallah, in central West Bank.

Over 180 Palestinians have been killed and thousands others injured since the outbreak of the Gaza border protests, on March 30. The protests call for ending the 12-year-long Israeli blockade of Gaza and for the right of return of the refugees.

Karim was from Gaza City, in the central part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Mo’men Ibrahim Abu Eyada

September 19, 2018: Mo’men Ibrahim Abu Eyada, 15, was killed by Israeli soldiers who shot him in the head while he was participating in a non-violent protest east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

In addition to killing Mo’men, the Israeli military wounded dozens of others at both the protest east of Rafah and other protests at the border wall in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

According to Israeli Ynet News, the army said they “had no knowledge of any casualties or any live fire used by the soldiers,” and added that “only a very few officials were available for comments, because Israel was marking the Yom Kippur fast day.”

Furthermore, the soldiers fired dozens of live rounds, and high-velocity gas bombs, at Palestinian protesters near the perimeter fence, east of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, wounding six Palestinians with live fire, and causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The wounded Palestinians were rushed to the Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, while the medics provided the needed treatment to scores of Palestinians who suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, in addition to various cuts and bruises.

In addition, the soldiers attacked many protesters on Palestinian lands near Kissufim military base, northeast of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, moderate wounding eight after shooting them with live fire, and causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Also on Wednesday, the soldiers abducted two young Palestinian men after they crossed the perimeter fence, in southern Gaza, and moved them to an interrogation facility.

The army said dozens of Palestinians “breached the fence from several parts of the Gaza Strip, and managed to return to the coastal region.”

On Tuesday, the soldiers killed four Palestinians, at dawn and during evening hours, east of Khan Younis, and near Beit Hanoun (Erez) Terminal in northern Gaza, and injured dozens of residents with live fire, in addition firing many gas bombs and concussion grenades causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The slain Palestinians have been identified as Ahmad Mohammad Mohsin Omar, 20, from the al-Shati’ refugee camp in northern Gaza, Mohammad Ahmad Abu Naji, 34, from Jabalia in northern Gaza, in addition to Naji Jamil Abu ‘Aassi, 18, and Ala’ Ziad Abu ‘Aassi, 21, from Khan Younis.

The Health ministry in Gaza said Ahmad Omar and Mohammad Abu Naji, were killed on Tuesday evening, by Israeli army sharpshooters during a protest, against cutting UNRWA funding, near Eretz (Beit Hanoun) Crossing, in northern Gaza.

It added that Naji and Ala’ were killed at dawn, after an Israeli war jet fired a missile at them, east of Khan Younis.

Also on Tuesday, the soldiers killed Mohammad Yousef Sha’ban Oleyyan, 26, in the al-Misrara area, in occupied East Jerusalem, after he reportedly attempted to stab soldiers, and Mohammad Zaghloul al-Khatib, 24, was beaten to death by Israeli soldiers who invaded his home, in Beit Rima town northwest of Ramallah, in central West Bank, while he was sleeping at dawn.

Mo’men was from Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Ahmad Mohammad Muhsen ‘Omer

September 18, 2018: Ahmad Mohammad Muhsen ‘Omar, 24, from al-Shati’ refugee camp, was shot and killed by a bullet to the chest fired by Israeli soldiers toward a non-violent Palestinian protest in Beit Hanoun.

Ahmad was killed along with another protester, Mohammad Ahmad Mohammed Abu Naji, 32, who was hit with a bullet to the chest. Both of them were taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia.

Israeli forces stationed at the Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip fired live bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse hundreds of civilians who were protesting near the crossing, following a call from the National Committee of March for Return and Breaking the Siege to participate in the “Together for the Rights of Refugees and Breaking the Siege” activity.

The soldiers fired a barrage of high-velocity gas bombs, and concussion grenades at them, in addition to many rounds of live ammunition.Media sources in Gaza said thousands of Palestinians participated in the procession, many of them were transported by buses, and started waving flags and chanting against the ongoing illegal Israeli siege on Gaza, and the escalating Israeli violations against the civilians.

Also on Tuesday, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a statement denouncing the ongoing and escalating excessive Israeli military use of force against the Palestinians, leading to the death of four young men, including one child, in less than 24 hours, in two separate attacks in the northern and southern parts of the Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, the soldiers killed another Palestinian in the al-Misrara area, in occupied East Jerusalem, after he reportedly “attempted to stab soldiers.”

Ahmad was from al-Shati refugee camp, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Ahmad Abu Naji

September 18, 2018: Mohammad Ahmad Mohammed Abu Naji, 32, was shot and killed by a bullet to the chest fired by Israeli soldiers toward a non-violent Palestinian protest in Beit Hanoun.

Mohammad was killed along with another protester, Ahmad Mohammad Muhsen ‘Omar, 24, from al-Shati’ refugee camp who was hit with a bullet to the chest. Both of them were taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalia.

Israeli forces stationed at the Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip fired live bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse hundreds of civilians who were protesting near the crossing, following a call from the National Committee of March for Return and Breaking the Siege to participate in the “Together for the Rights of Refugees and Breaking the Siege” activity.

The soldiers fired a barrage of high-velocity gas bombs, and concussion grenades at them, in addition to many rounds of live ammunition.Media sources in Gaza said thousands of Palestinians participated in the procession, many of them were transported by buses, and started waving flags and chanting against the ongoing illegal Israeli siege on Gaza, and the escalating Israeli violations against the civilians.

Also on Tuesday, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a statement denouncing the ongoing and escalating excessive Israeli military use of force against the Palestinians, leading to the death of four young men, including one child, in less than 24 hours, in two separate attacks in the northern and southern parts of the Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, the soldiers killed another Palestinian in the al-Misrara area, in occupied East Jerusalem, after he reportedly “attempted to stab soldiers.”

Mohammad was from Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Shadi ‘Abed al-‘Al

September 14, 2018: Shadi ‘Abed al-‘Aziz ‘Abed al-‘Al (11), was killed by Israeli soldiers near Jabalia, while taking part in a peaceful protest at the border fence. The 11-year old child sustained deep wounds after being hit with a solid object, which caused a fracture to his skull. Shadi was one of three Palestinian civilians killed at the protest. The soldiers also wounded 148 others, including 19 children, 5 women and 5 paramedics with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters. Six of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed heavy deployment of the Israeli forces this week as the army fired live bullets and tear gas canisters, increasing the number of casualties comparing with the previous weeks, despite the peaceful nature of the demonstrations.

The Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators who posed no threat or danger to the life of Israeli soldiers in the areas of demonstrations.

Investigations and observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers emphasize that the demonstrations in all areas were, as always, fully peaceful, and  neither weapons nor armed persons were seen. However, the Israeli forces’ snipers continued to position on the hills, behind the sand berms and in military jeeps along the border fence.

At approximately 16:30, thousands of civilians, including women, children and entire families, started swarming to the 5 encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege along the border fence, east of the Gaza Strip governorates. They raised flags and chanted national songs.

Hundreds, including children and women, approached the border fence with Israel, set fire to tires and gathered 300 meters away from the main border fence.  Some of them attempted to throw stones at the Israeli forces, pulled parts of the barbed-wire fence established inside the Palestinian territories and released balloons along the border fence.

The Israeli shooting, which continued until 19:30, resulted in the killing of 3 civilians, including a child. The killed civilians were identified as:

  1.  Hani Ramzi ‘Afana (21), from Rafah, was hit with a live bullet to the chest in eastern Rafah.
  2. Mohamed Khalil Ghazi Shaqqourah (20), from al-Maghazi refugee camp, was hit with a live bullet to the chest in eastern al-Bureij camp.
  3. Shadi ‘Abed al-‘Aziz ‘Abed al-‘Al (11), from Jabalia, sustained deep wounds after being hit with a solid object, which caused a fracture to his skull, during his participation in Abu Safiyah area, northeast of Jabalia, according to the Ministry of Health.

Moreover, 148 civilians, including 19 children, 5 women and 5  paramedics, were wounded with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters.

Six of those wounded sustained serious wounds, in addition to dozens suffering tear gas inhalation and seizures after tear gas canisters were fired by the Israeli soldiers from the military jeeps and riffles in the eastern Gaza Strip.

PCHR condemned the 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 emphasized that continuously inflicting casualties, either killed or wounded, is unjustified, and using lethal force to target and kill civilians, who exercise their right to peaceful assembly or while carrying out their humanitarian duty, is a serious violation of the rules of international law, international humanitarian law, the ICC Rome Statute and Fourth Geneva Convention.

Thus, PCHR called upon the ICC Prosecutor to open an official investigation in these crimes and to prosecute and hold accountable all those applying or involved in issuing orders within the Israeli Forces at the security and political echelons.

PCHR also reiterated 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 called 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.

Shadi was from Jabalia in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Hani Ramzi ‘Afana

September 14, 2018: Hani Ramzi ‘Afana, 21, was killed by Israeli soldiers using excessive force against peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 25th  Friday in a row. Hani was one of three Palestinian civilians killed at the protest, including a child. The soldiers also wounded 148 others, including 19 children, 5 women and 5 paramedics with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters. Six of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed heavy deployment of the Israeli forces this week as the army fired live bullets and tear gas canisters, increasing the number of casualties comparing with the previous weeks, despite the peaceful nature of the demonstrations.

The Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators who posed no threat or danger to the life of Israeli soldiers in the areas of demonstrations.

Investigations and observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers emphasize that the demonstrations in all areas were, as always, fully peaceful, and  neither weapons nor armed persons were seen. However, the Israeli forces’ snipers continued to position on the hills, behind the sand berms and in military jeeps along the border fence.

At approximately 16:30, thousands of civilians, including women, children and entire families, started swarming to the 5 encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege along the border fence, east of the Gaza Strip governorates. They raised flags and chanted national songs.

Hundreds, including children and women, approached the border fence with Israel, set fire to tires and gathered 300 meters away from the main border fence.  Some of them attempted to throw stones at the Israeli forces, pulled parts of the barbed-wire fence established inside the Palestinian territories and released balloons along the border fence.

The Israeli shooting, which continued until 19:30, resulted in the killing of 3 civilians, including a child. The killed civilians were identified as:

  1.  Hani Ramzi ‘Afana (21), from Rafah, was hit with a live bullet to the chest in eastern Rafah.
  2. Mohamed Khalil Ghazi Shaqqourah (20), from al-Maghazi refugee camp, was hit with a live bullet to the chest in eastern al-Bureij camp.
  3. Shady ‘Abed al-‘Aziz ‘Abed al-‘Al (11), from Jabalia, sustained deep wounds after being hit with a solid object, which caused a fracture to his skull, during his participation in Abu Safiyah area, northeast of Jabalia, according to the Ministry of Health.

Moreover, 148 civilians, including 19 children, 5 women and 5  paramedics, were wounded with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters.

Six of those wounded sustained serious wounds, in addition to dozens suffering tear gas inhalation and seizures after tear gas canisters were fired by the Israeli soldiers from the military jeeps and riffles in the eastern Gaza Strip.

PCHR condemned the 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 emphasized that continuously inflicting casualties, either killed or wounded, is unjustified, and using lethal force to target and kill civilians, who exercise their right to peaceful assembly or while carrying out their humanitarian duty, is a serious violation of the rules of international law, international humanitarian law, the ICC Rome Statute and Fourth Geneva Convention.

Thus, PCHR called upon the ICC Prosecutor to open an official investigation in these crimes and to prosecute and hold accountable all those applying or involved in issuing orders within the Israeli Forces at the security and political echelons.

PCHR also reiterated 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 called 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.

Hani was from Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Khalil Shaqqourah

September 14, 2018: Mohammad Khalil Ghazi Shaqqourah, 20, was killed by Israeli soldiers using excessive force against peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 25th  Friday in a row. Hani was one of three Palestinian civilians killed at the protest, including a child. The soldiers also wounded 148 others, including 19 children, 5 women and 5 paramedics with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters. Six of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed heavy deployment of the Israeli forces this week as the army fired live bullets and tear gas canisters, increasing the number of casualties comparing with the previous weeks, despite the peaceful nature of the demonstrations.

The Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators who posed no threat or danger to the life of Israeli soldiers in the areas of demonstrations.

Investigations and observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers emphasize that the demonstrations in all areas were, as always, fully peaceful, and  neither weapons nor armed persons were seen. However, the Israeli forces’ snipers continued to position on the hills, behind the sand berms and in military jeeps along the border fence.

At approximately 16:30, thousands of civilians, including women, children and entire families, started swarming to the 5 encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege along the border fence, east of the Gaza Strip governorates. They raised flags and chanted national songs.

Hundreds, including children and women, approached the border fence with Israel, set fire to tires and gathered 300 meters away from the main border fence.  Some of them attempted to throw stones at the Israeli forces, pulled parts of the barbed-wire fence established inside the Palestinian territories and released balloons along the border fence.

The Israeli shooting, which continued until 19:30, resulted in the killing of 3 civilians, including a child. The killed civilians were identified as:

  1.  Hani Ramzi ‘Afana (21), from Rafah, was hit with a live bullet to the chest in eastern Rafah.
  2. Mohammad Khalil Ghazi Shaqqourah (20), from al-Maghazi refugee camp, was hit with a live bullet to the chest in eastern al-Bureij camp.
  3. Shady ‘Abed al-‘Aziz ‘Abed al-‘Al (11), from Jabalia, sustained deep wounds after being hit with a solid object, which caused a fracture to his skull, during his participation in Abu Safiyah area, northeast of Jabalia, according to the Ministry of Health.

Moreover, 148 civilians, including 19 children, 5 women and 5  paramedics, were wounded with live bullets and direct tear gas canisters.

Six of those wounded sustained serious wounds, in addition to dozens suffering tear gas inhalation and seizures after tear gas canisters were fired by the Israeli soldiers from the military jeeps and riffles in the eastern Gaza Strip.

PCHR condemned the 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 emphasized that continuously inflicting casualties, either killed or wounded, is unjustified, and using lethal force to target and kill civilians, who exercise their right to peaceful assembly or while carrying out their humanitarian duty, is a serious violation of the rules of international law, international humanitarian law, the ICC Rome Statute and Fourth Geneva Convention.

Thus, PCHR called upon the ICC Prosecutor to open an official investigation in these crimes and to prosecute and hold accountable all those applying or involved in issuing orders within the Israeli Forces at the security and political echelons.

PCHR also reiterated 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 called 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.

Mohammad was from al-Maghazi refugee camp, in the central part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Ahmad Misbah Abu Tyour

September 8, 2018: Ahmad Misbah Abu Tyour, 16, was shot in the chest with live ammunition by Israeli soldiers stationed at the Israel-Gaza border over 100 meters away from where Ahmad was standing with his hands up.

A video has surfaced showing how Israeli forces targeted and killed the 16-year-old boy while he was participating in “The Great March of Return” protests in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The video shows the Palestinian teen, while maintaining his distance, throwing rocks towards the border with Israel as a form of protest to the nearly 12-year Israeli siege of Gaza.

Ahmad’s rock-throwing posed no threat to the heavily armed Israeli forces.

The video also shows Ahmad raising his hands up, seconds prior to an Israeli sniper shooting him in the chest and causing him critical injuries.

Ahmad succumbed to his wounds on Saturday morning, the day after he was shot, according to Ma’an News.

The video is not the first of its kind to document Israel’s intentional killing of Palestinian children, who did not pose any threat to Israel, but Israeli soldiers have never been convicted in a case where they opened fire with live fire against a child throwing stones – despite the fact that such actions are a direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Israeli authorities announced a decision to open an investigation into the matter.

Ahmad was from the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC