Ramzi Rawhi ‘Abdo

May 3, 2019: Ramzi Rawhi ‘Abdo, 31, died from serious wounds he suffered earlier that same day, when Israeli soldiers shot him with a live round in the head, east of al-Boreij in central Gaza.

Ramzi was shot when Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly Great Return March processions in the Gaza Strip, killing Ramzi and another Palestinian, and injuring 82 others, including 34 children, two journalists and three paramedics.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) reported that in addition to Ramzi, the soldiers killed Ra’ed Khalil Abu Teir, 19, after shooting him with a live round in the abdomen, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Ramzi was among hundreds of Palestinians, including women and children, who were near the tents of the Great Return March encampments, hundreds of meters away from the fence.

The PCHR stated that there were only a few incidents where a limited number of protesters attempted to approach the fence, and threw stones at the soldiers.

The PCHR added that the soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against the unarmed protesters, on the 57th Friday of the Great Return March and Breaking the Siege, killing the two young men, and wounding 82 others.

It also confirmed that among the wounded are 34 children, five women, three paramedics and two journalists, who were all injured in several areas in the eastern parts of the coastal region.

Four of the injured Palestinians, including one girl, suffered serious wounds.

The soldiers were stationed in their sniper posts, and armored military jeeps across the perimeter fence, and fired a barrage of live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets and high-velocity gas bombs at the unarmed protesters.

The soldiers injured the three paramedics while trying to provide treatment to wounded Palestinians east of Jabalia in northern Gaza, in addition to al-Boreij in central Gaza, and in Gaza city.

In addition, the soldiers also targeted a Palestinian ambulance with a high-velocity gas bomb east of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The PCHR denounced the systematic Israeli policy of targeting medical personnel and obstructing their humanitarian wok in direct violation of International Law.

According to PCHR data and documentation of the ongoing Israeli excessive use of force against the Great Return March processions, which started on Palestinian Land Day March 30th 2018, the soldiers killed 204 Palestinians, including 44 children, 2 women, 3 medics, 2 journalists and 8 persons with disabilities.

The following table shows the number of civilian casualties due to the Israeli forces’ suppression of the Great March of Return as published by the PCHR in its report this Friday: (This report was issued before Ramzi Rawhi Abdo died from his wounds, therefore, the number of slain Palestinians is now 205)

Killed Wounded
Total 204 12350
Children 44 2424
Women 2 375
Journalists 2 201
Medical personnel 3 201
Persons with disabilities 8 Undefined
Note:Among those wounded, 548 are in serious condition and 137 had their lower or upper limbs amputated; 123 lower-limb amputations, 14 upper-limb amputations, and 25 children had their limbs amputated according to the Ministry of Health.  The number of those wounded only include those wounded with live bullets and directly hit with tear gas canisters, as there have been thousand others who suffered tear gas inhalation and sustained bruises.

Ramzi was from al-Boreij in central Gaza. Source: IMEMC

Maisara Mousa Abu Shallouf

April 12, 2019: Maisara Mousa Ali Abu Shallouf, 15, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers at the weekly Great March Processions in the besieged Gaza Strip. The soldiers also injured 55 other protesters, including two medics.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that the soldiers killed Maisara by shooting him with live fire in the abdomen, east of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

The soldiers also fired live rounds and gas bombs at medics trying to reach the child to provide him with urgently needed medical help.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry In Gaza, said the soldiers shot 66 Palestinians, including 15 children and six women, in addition to two medics.

It added that one of the wounded Palestinians suffered life-threatening wounds.

The Health Ministry also stated that the soldiers shot two medics and caused others to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The protests took place in five areas in the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, from Beit Lahia, Beit Hanoun and Jabalia, in the northern part, to Gaza city and central Gaza, in addition to Khan Younis and Rafah, in the southern part of the coastal region.

Media sources in Gaza said the army used high-velocity gas bombs, and live fire, targeting many areas far away from the perimeter fence.

They added that the soldiers also targeted several ambulances, medics and journalists, with sniper fire, in addition to the high-velocity gas bombs.

The protests this week were also in support and solidarity with the hunger striking detainees in Israeli prisons, facing constant violations and denied basic rights.

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

Fares Abu Hajras

April 1, 2019: Fares Abu Hajras, 26, died from serious wounds he suffered the previous Saturday when Israeli soldiers shot him east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, during the Land Day protest.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that Fares was shot with a live round in the abdomen, and remained in critical condition until he succumbed to his wounds.

He was shot, Saturday, east of Khuza’a town, east of Khan Younis, while the Palestinians were marking the first anniversary of the Great Return March, and the 43rdanniversary of Palestinian Land Day.

On the day of his injury, the soldiers killed four Palestinians, and injured 316 others, including 14 who suffered life-threatening wounds, during protests across the perimeter fence, in the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip.

The Maan News Agency has reported that Israeli soldiers have killed 271 Palestinians since March 30th, 2018 in the Gaza Strip, and injured more than 30398 others, including 16027 who were moved to various hospitals and medical centers.

The Health Ministry said that among the wounded are 3175 children and 1008 women and added that 136 Palestinians suffered amputations; 122 in the lower limbs, and 14 in the upper limbs.

The army also killed three medics, identified as Razan Najjar, 22, Mousa Jaber Abu Hassanein, 36, and Abdullah al-Qutati, 20, and injured 665 others, in addition to causing damage to 112 ambulances.

Also among the slain Palestinians are two journalists, identified as Yasser Mortaja, and journalist Ahmad Abu Hussein, in the Gaza Strip, while the soldiers injured dozens of journalists.

The information does not include dozens of Palestinians who were killed or injured by the Israeli army after crossing the perimeter fence and were never returned to the Gaza Strip.

Fares was from Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Bilal Mahmoud Najjar

March 30, 2019: Bilal Mahmoud Najjar (Abu Jamous), 17, died from serious wounds suffered earlier after the soldiers shot him with live fire at a protest east of Khan Younis, as part of the Land Day commemoration on March 30th, 2019.

Israeli soldiers killed, Saturday, four Palestinians, and injured 316 others, including 14 who suffered life-threatening wounds, during protests across the perimeter fence, in the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that, among the wounded are 86 children and 29 women.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians gathered on lands near the perimeter fence, marking Palestinian Land Day, and the first anniversary since the beginning of the Great Return March.

Media sources in Gaza said that National Committee for Breaking the Siege has called for a million-person march, marking Land Day, and the first anniversary of the Great Return March, demanding lifting the siege on Gaza, the internationally-guaranteed Right of Return, the liberation of Palestine and independence.

On Saturday evening, the Health Ministry in Gaza said the soldiers killed Tamer Hashem Abu al-Kheir, 17, after shooting him with a live round in the chest, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

His death came just hours after the soldiers killed Adham Nidal ‘Amara, 17, who was fatally shot during the processions east of Gaza city.

Earlier, Mohammad Jihad Sa’ad, 20, was shot and killed by Israeli sharpshooters on Saturday morning, east of Gaza city, before the Great Return March processions started.

Mohammad was killed after being struck with a bullet fragment in the head, near the perimeter fence, east of Gaza city.

His corpse was moved to the Shifa Medical Center.

It is worth mentioning that Mohammad was injured several times since the beginning of the Great Return March procession a year ago.

Among the injured Palestinians are three medics and seven journalists, while the soldiers also caused damage to three ambulances.

In its latest report, the Health Ministry in Gaza reported the following statistics about the Great Return March protests on Land Day 2019 – March 30th, 2019:

Deaths:

  1. Bilal Mahmoud Najjar, 17.
  2. Mohammad Jihad Sa’ad, 20.
  3. Adham Nidal ‘Amara, 17.
  4. Tamer Hashem Abu al-Kheir, 17.

Injuries: (316 total):

  1. Five Palestinians suffered critical wounds.
  2. Nine Palestinians suffered serious wounds.
  3. 121 suffered moderate wounds.
  4. 184 suffered mild wounds.

Cause of injuries:

  1. 64 Palestinians were shot with live fire.
  2. 16 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets.
  3. 13 were injured by shrapnel from bullets.
  4. 46 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
  5. 94 were injured by shrapnel from gas bombs.
  6. 83 suffered cuts and bruises.

The area of injury in the body:

  1. 64 suffered head and neck injuries.
  2. 55 injured in the upper limbs.
  3. 16 suffered chest and back injuries.
  4. 18 injured in the Pelvis and abdomen.
  5. 125 injured in the lower limbs.
  6. 64 teargas inhalations.
  7. 4 suffered injuries to various parts of the body.

Injuries by governorate:

  1. 39 in the northern parts of the Gaza Strip.
  2. 108 in Gaza city area.
  3. 73 in central Gaza.
  4. 41 in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip.
  5. 55 in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip.

Bilal was from Bani Soheila near Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Tamer Hashem Abu al-Kheir

March 30, 2019: Tamer Hashem Abu al-Kheir, 17, was killed when Israeli soldiers hit him with a live round in the chest, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region, during the Land Day protest March 30th, 2019.

Tamer was one of four Palestinians killed by Israeli forces Saturday. 316 others were wounded, including 14 who suffered life-threatening wounds, during protests across the perimeter fence, in the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip.

On Saturday at night, a Palestinian teen, identified as Bilal Mahmoud Najjar (Abu Jamous), 17, from Bani Soheila near Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip, died from serious wounds suffered earlier after the soldiers shot him with live fire.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that among the wounded are 86 children and 29 women.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians gathered on lands near the perimeter fence, marking Palestinian Land Day, and the first anniversary since the beginning of the Great Return March.

Media sources in Gaza said that National Committee for Breaking the Siege has called for a million-person march, marking Land Day, and the first anniversary of the Great Return March, demanding lifting the siege on Gaza, the internationally-guaranteed Right of Return, the liberation of Palestine and independence.

Tamer’s death came just hours after the soldiers killed Adham Nidal ‘Amara, 17, who was fatally shot during the processions east of Gaza city.

Earlier, Mohammad Jihad Sa’ad, 20, was shot and killed by Israeli sharpshooters on Saturday morning, east of Gaza city, before the Great Return March processions started.

Mohammad was killed after being struck with a bullet fragment in the head, near the perimeter fence, east of Gaza city.

His corpse was moved to the Shifa Medical Center.

It is worth mentioning that Mohammad was injured several times since the beginning of the Great Return March procession a year ago.

Among the injured Palestinians are three medics and seven journalists, while the soldiers also caused damage to three ambulances.

In its latest report, the Health Ministry in Gaza reported the following statistics about the Great Return March protests on Land Day 2019 – March 30th, 2019:

Deaths:

  1. Bilal Mahmoud Najjar, 17.
  2. Mohammad Jihad Sa’ad, 20.
  3. Adham Nidal ‘Amara, 17.
  4. Tamer Hashem Abu al-Kheir, 17.

Injuries: (316 total):

  1. Five Palestinians suffered critical wounds.
  2. Nine Palestinians suffered serious wounds.
  3. 121 suffered moderate wounds.
  4. 184 suffered mild wounds.

Cause of injuries:

  1. 64 Palestinians were shot with live fire.
  2. 16 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets.
  3. 13 were injured by shrapnel from bullets.
  4. 46 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
  5. 94 were injured by shrapnel from gas bombs.
  6. 83 suffered cuts and bruises.

The area of injury in the body:

  1. 64 suffered head and neck injuries.
  2. 55 injured in the upper limbs.
  3. 16 suffered chest and back injuries.
  4. 18 injured in the Pelvis and abdomen.
  5. 125 injured in the lower limbs.
  6. 64 teargas inhalations.
  7. 4 suffered injuries to various parts of the body.

Injuries by governorate:

  1. 39 in the northern parts of the Gaza Strip.
  2. 108 in Gaza city area.
  3. 73 in central Gaza.
  4. 41 in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip.
  5. 55 in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip.

Tamer was from Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Adham Nidal ‘Amara

March 30, 2019: Adham Nidal ‘Amara, 17, was fatally shot by Israeli soldiers during the Great Return March procession in commemoration of Palestinian Land Day, east of Gaza city.

Adham was one of four Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers on March 30th, the one year anniversary of the Great Return March in Gaza. The Israeli soldiers also injured 316 others, including 14 who suffered life-threatening wounds, during protests across the perimeter fence, in the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip.

On Saturday at night, a Palestinian teen, identified as Bilal Mahmoud Najjar (Abu Jamous), 17, from Bani Soheila near Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip, died from serious wounds suffered earlier after the soldiers shot him with live fire.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that, among the wounded are 86 children and 29 women.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians gathered on lands near the perimeter fence, marking Palestinian Land Day, and the first anniversary since the beginning of the Great Return March.

Media sources in Gaza said that National Committee for Breaking the Siege has called for a million-person march, marking Land Day, and the first anniversary of the Great Return March, demanding lifting the siege on Gaza, the internationally-guaranteed Right of Return, the liberation of Palestine and independence.

On Saturday evening, the Health Ministry in Gaza said the soldiers killed Tamer Hashem Abu al-Kheir, 17, after shooting him with a live round in the chest, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

Mohammad Jihad Sa’ad, 20, was shot and killed by Israeli sharpshooters on Saturday morning, east of Gaza city, before the Great Return March processions started.

Mohammad was killed after being struck with a bullet fragment in the head, near the perimeter fence, east of Gaza city.

His corpse was moved to the Shifa Medical Center.

It is worth mentioning that Mohammad was injured several times since the beginning of the Great Return March procession a year ago.

Among the injured Palestinians are three medics and seven journalists, while the soldiers also caused damage to three ambulances.

In its latest report, the Health Ministry in Gaza reported the following statistics about the Great Return March protests on Land Day 2019 – March 30th, 2019:

Deaths:

  1. Bilal Mahmoud Najjar, 17.
  2. Mohammad Jihad Sa’ad, 20.
  3. Adham Nidal ‘Amara, 17.
  4. Tamer Hashem Abu al-Kheir, 17.

Injuries: (316 total):

  1. Five Palestinians suffered critical wounds.
  2. Nine Palestinians suffered serious wounds.
  3. 121 suffered moderate wounds.
  4. 184 suffered mild wounds.

Cause of injuries:

  1. 64 Palestinians were shot with live fire.
  2. 16 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets.
  3. 13 were injured by shrapnel from bullets.
  4. 46 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
  5. 94 were injured by shrapnel from gas bombs.
  6. 83 suffered cuts and bruises.

The area of injury in the body:

  1. 64 suffered head and neck injuries.
  2. 55 injured in the upper limbs.
  3. 16 suffered chest and back injuries.
  4. 18 injured in the Pelvis and abdomen.
  5. 125 injured in the lower limbs.
  6. 64 teargas inhalations.
  7. 4 suffered injuries to various parts of the body.

Injuries by governorate:

  1. 39 in the northern parts of the Gaza Strip.
  2. 108 in Gaza city area.
  3. 73 in central Gaza.
  4. 41 in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip.
  5. 55 in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip.

Adham was from Gaza City. Source: IMEMC

Mohammad Jihad Sa’ad

March 30, 2019: Mohammad Jihad Sa’ad, 20, was shot and killed by Israeli sharpshooters on Saturday morning, east of Gaza city, before the Great Return March processions started.

Mohammad was killed after being struck with a bullet fragment in the head, near the perimeter fence, east of Gaza city.

His corpse was moved to the Shifa Medical Center.

It is worth mentioning that Mohammad was injured several times since the beginning of the Great Return March procession a year ago.

Israeli soldiers killed, Saturday, four Palestinians, and injured 316 others, including 14 who suffered life-threatening wounds, during protests across the perimeter fence, in the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip.

On Saturday at night, a Palestinian teen, identified as Bilal Mahmoud Najjar (Abu Jamous), 17, from Bani Soheila near Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip, died from serious wounds suffered earlier after the soldiers shot him with live fire.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that, among the wounded are 86 children and 29 women.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians gathered on lands near the perimeter fence, marking Palestinian Land Day, and the first anniversary since the beginning of the Great Return March.

Media sources in Gaza said that National Committee for Breaking the Siege has called for a million-person march, marking Land Day, and the first anniversary of the Great Return March, demanding lifting the siege on Gaza, the internationally-guaranteed Right of Return, the liberation of Palestine and independence.

On Saturday evening, the Health Ministry in Gaza said the soldiers killed Tamer Hashem Abu al-Kheir, 17, after shooting him with a live round in the chest, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

His death came just hours after the soldiers killed Adham Nidal ‘Amara, 17, who was fatally shot during the processions east of Gaza city.

Among the injured Palestinians are three medics and seven journalists, while the soldiers also caused damage to three ambulances.

In its latest report, the Health Ministry in Gaza reported the following statistics about the Great Return March protests on Land Day 2019 – March 30th, 2019:

Deaths:

  1. Bilal Mahmoud Najjar, 17.
  2. Mohammad Jihad Sa’ad, 20.
  3. Adham Nidal ‘Amara, 17.
  4. Tamer Hashem Abu al-Kheir, 17.

Injuries: (316 total):

  1. Five Palestinians suffered critical wounds.
  2. Nine Palestinians suffered serious wounds.
  3. 121 suffered moderate wounds.
  4. 184 suffered mild wounds.

Cause of injuries:

  1. 64 Palestinians were shot with live fire.
  2. 16 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets.
  3. 13 were injured by shrapnel from bullets.
  4. 46 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
  5. 94 were injured by shrapnel from gas bombs.
  6. 83 suffered cuts and bruises.

The area of injury in the body:

  1. 64 suffered head and neck injuries.
  2. 55 injured in the upper limbs.
  3. 16 suffered chest and back injuries.
  4. 18 injured in the Pelvis and abdomen.
  5. 125 injured in the lower limbs.
  6. 64 teargas inhalations.
  7. 4 suffered injuries to various parts of the body.

Injuries by governorate:

  1. 39 in the northern parts of the Gaza Strip.
  2. 108 in Gaza city area.
  3. 73 in central Gaza.
  4. 41 in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip.
  5. 55 in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip.

Mohammad was from the Sheja’eyya neighborhood in Gaza City. Source: IMEMC

Habeeb al-Masri

March 24, 2019: Habeeb al-Masri, 24, died from serious wounds he suffered on Saturday night, after Israeli soldiers shot him in the northern part of the coastal region.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, reported that the Palestinian was identified as Habeeb al-Masri, 24.

He added that Habeeb was shot during a protest near the perimeter fence, east of Beit Hanoun in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, after the soldiers targeted many protesters with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets and high-velocity gas bombs.

Habeeb suffered a very serious injury after a soldier shot him with a live round in the chest, and was rushed to the Indonesian Hospital, in Jabalia, before he was moved to the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza City, due to the seriousness of his wounds.

Dr. al-Qedra said that, despite all efforts to save his life, Habeeb succumbed to his wounds at dawn, Sunday. The soldiers also injured at least two other Palestinians with live fire and caused many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

This followed Israeli attacks on protests a day earlier, on Friday, throughout Gaza, which resulted in two Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire and more than 180 wounded.

Also at dawn Sunday, Israeli army drones fired missiles into several areas, east of Rafah, in southern Gaza, and east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, causing damage.

The Israeli army claimed that the sirens were sounded in the Eshkol Regional Council of Settlements and added that some protesters flew flammable balloons which apparently exploded before flying over the perimeter fence.

Habeeb was from Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Nidal ‘Abdel Karim Shatat

Nidal ShatatMarch 22, 2019: Nidal ‘Abdel Karim Ahmed Shatat, 29, was shot and killed by Israeli forces while participating in the 51st weekly Great March of Return protest in Gaza. In addition to Nedal, Israeli forces also killed  Jihad Munir Khaled Hararah (24), from al-Shija’iyah neighborhood in Gaza City, and wounded 181 others, including 53 Children, 5 Women, 1 Paramedic, and 3 Journalists.  Three of those wounded were reported as having very serious injuries.

Nidal was wounded at approximately 17:20 with a bullet that entered the left side of his chest and exited the right side when he was among the protesters around 50 meters away from the border fence, east of al-Bureij refugee camp.  At approximately 17:40, he was declared dead on arrival at Shuhaa’ al-Aqsa Hospital.

Jihad Munir Khaled Hararah (24), from al-Shija’iyah neighborhood in Gaza City, was wounded in eastern Shija’iyah and arrived at 16:50 at al-Shifaa’ Hospital, where his death was declared at 17:30.

At approximately 15:00, thousands of civilians, including women, children and entire families, started marching to the five encampments established by the Supreme National Authority of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege adjacent to the border fence with Israel in eastern Gaza Strip cities. Hundreds, including children and women, approached the border fence with Israel in front of each encampment and gathered meters and tens of meters away from the main border fence, burning tires and attempting to throw stones at the Israeli forces. Although the protesters gathered in areas open to the Israeli snipers stationed on the top of the sand berms and military watchtowers and inside and behind the military jeeps, the Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets in addition to a barrage of tear gas canisters. The Israeli shooting, which continued until at around 18:00, resulted the killing of 2 civilians.

According to observations by Palestinian Center for Human Rights fieldworkers, the Israeli forces, who were stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence with Israel, continued to use excessive force against the protesters by opening fire with both live ammunition and tear gas.

As a result, dozens of protesters were hit with bullets and teargas canisters without posing any imminent threat or danger to the life of soldiers.

Moreover, PCHR’s fieldworkers said that the Israeli forces raised the sand berms on which the snipers are stationed, particularly in eastern Khan Younis, enabling them to see clearly and completely the area where the protesters are spread and deep into the Return encampment.

These new violations come only hours after the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on accountability brought by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The vote had 23 states voting in favor, 8 against and 15 abstentions, condemning Israel’s “apparent intentional use of unlawful lethal and other excessive force” against civilian protesters in Gaza.

The vote follows a report by the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate the violations committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, on their findings and results during the period from 30 March to 31 December 2018.  The Commission concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Israeli forces committed serious violations during the Great March of Return protests that may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity.

The Israeli bullets and tear gas canisters wounded 181 Palestinian civilians, including 53 Children, 5 Women, 1 Paramedic, and 3 Journalists.  In addition, dozens of protesters, paramedics and journalists suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures due to tear gas canisters that were fired by the Israeli forces from the military jeeps and riffles in the eastern Gaza Strip. The Israeli forces targeted the medical field point in eastern Bureij Refugee Camp; as a result, one of the paramedics suffered tear gas inhalation.  A Palestinian Red Crescent Society volunteer paramedic was also hit with a tear gas canister to his hand in eastern Jabalia. This indicates the Israeli systematic policy to target the medical personnel and obstruct their humanitarian work. Medica are supposed to be guaranteed protection according to international humanitarian law.

Nidal was from al-Mughraqa in the central Gaza Strip. Source: IMEMC

Jihad Munir Hararah

March 22, 2019: Jihad Munir Khaled Hararah, 24, was shot and killed by Israeli forces while participating in the 51st weekly Great March of Return protest in Gaza. In addition to Jihad, Israeli forces also killed Nedal ‘Abdel Karim Ahmad Shatat, 29, and wounded 181 others, including 53 Children, 5 Women, 1 Paramedic, and 3 Journalists.  Three of those wounded were reported as having very serious injuries.

Jihad, from al-Shija’iyah neighborhood in Gaza City, was wounded at approximately 17:20 with a bullet that entered the left side of his chest and exited the right side when he was among the protesters around 50 meters away from the border fence, east of al-Bureij refugee camp.  At approximately 17:40, he was declared dead on arrival at Shuhaa’ al-Aqsa Hospital.

At approximately 15:00, thousands of civilians, including women, children and entire families, started marching to the five encampments established by the Supreme National Authority of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege adjacent to the border fence with Israel in eastern Gaza Strip cities. Hundreds, including children and women, approached the border fence with Israel in front of each encampment and gathered meters and tens of meters away from the main border fence, burning tires and attempting to throw stones at the Israeli forces. Although the protesters gathered in areas open to the Israeli snipers stationed on the top of the sand berms and military watchtowers and inside and behind the military jeeps, the Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets in addition to a barrage of tear gas canisters. The Israeli shooting, which continued until at around 18:00, resulted the killing of 2 civilians.

According to observations by Palestinian Center for Human Rights fieldworkers, the Israeli forces, who were stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence with Israel, continued to use excessive force against the protesters by opening fire with both live ammunition and tear gas.

As a result, dozens of protesters were hit with bullets and teargas canisters without posing any imminent threat or danger to the life of soldiers.

Moreover, PCHR’s fieldworkers said that the Israeli forces raised the sand berms on which the snipers are stationed, particularly in eastern Khan Younis, enabling them to see clearly and completely the area where the protesters are spread and deep into the Return encampment.

These new violations come only hours after the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on accountability brought by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The vote had 23 states voting in favor, 8 against and 15 abstentions, condemning Israel’s “apparent intentional use of unlawful lethal and other excessive force” against civilian protesters in Gaza.

The vote follows a report by the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate the violations committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, on their findings and results during the period from 30 March to 31 December 2018.  The Commission concluded that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Israeli forces committed serious violations during the Great March of Return protests that may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity.

The Israeli bullets and tear gas canisters wounded 181 Palestinian civilians, including 53 Children, 5 Women, 1 Paramedic, and 3 Journalists.  In addition, dozens of protesters, paramedics and journalists suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures due to tear gas canisters that were fired by the Israeli forces from the military jeeps and riffles in the eastern Gaza Strip. The Israeli forces targeted the medical field point in eastern Bureij Refugee Camp; as a result, one of the paramedics suffered tear gas inhalation.  A Palestinian Red Crescent Society volunteer paramedic was also hit with a tear gas canister to his hand in eastern Jabalia. This indicates the Israeli systematic policy to target the medical personnel and obstruct their humanitarian work. Medica are supposed to be guaranteed protection according to international humanitarian law.

Jihad was from al-Shija’iyah neighborhood in Gaza City. Source: IMEMC