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6 April 2018 – Continued Israeli Aggression Against Palestinian Peaceful Protesters

Excellency,

I am compelled to write to you once again, in light of Israel’s crimes today against Palestinian peaceful demonstrators killing, so far, 8 civilians and injuring more than 1000, including through the widespread use of live ammunition. This brings the number of demonstrators killed in Gaza since the “Great March of Return” began last Friday to 27 and the number of wounded throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory to more than 2500.

The names of those killed today are Alaa El Din Yahya El Zamili, 17, Majdi Ramadan Shabat, 38, Hussein Mohammad Madhi, 16, Osama Khamees Qadiyeh, 38, Ibrahim Al Ourr, 20, Sidqi Faraj Abu Outawi, 45, Sobhi Abu Outawi, 20 and Mohammad Said Musa Al Haj Saleh, 33. Thaer Mohammed Rabaa, 30, succumbed to the wounds he sustained last week.

We reiterate that the “Great Return March” is a peaceful protest against dispossession and displacement, occupation and blockade.

As stated by the Spokesperson of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Liz Throssell, “Given the large number of injuries and deaths, the ominous statements made by Israeli authorities in the days leading up to the protest, as well as indications that the individuals killed or wounded were unarmed or did not pose a serious threat to well-protected security forces – and in some cases were actually running away from the green line fence – there are strong indications that security forces used excessive force.” These elements combined provide strong evidence of Israel’s premeditated decision to target civilians and resort to unlawful lethal force in utter contempt yet again for its obligations and the rules of international law, including international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and for basic humanity. [Read more…]