Israeli occupation forces continue to attack the civilian population of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The uses of force, including lethal force, against Palestinian protestors is excessive. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the total Palestinian fatalities between the beginning of October and 6 November has reached 78 people, including 17 children and three women. 2,450 people have been injured from live and plastic-coated bullets in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
According to Al Mezan’s documentation, since Friday, 9 October 2015, and until the drafting of this press release, the total fatalities in Gaza rests at 18 victims (all civilians). Three of the victims are children. At least 917 people have been injured, including 82 children and three women. 294 of the people injured sustained live bullet wounds. The Israeli occupation forces have been targeting journalists and medical crews: 14 journalists and 25 medical professionals have been injured.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights strongly condemns the escalation of attacks against civilians and the targeting of journalists and medical crews by Israeli forces. Al Mezan warns of further deterioration of the situation and the perpetuation of Israeli violations in the oPt if the silence and failure of the international community to provide the due protection for civilians continues.
According to Al Mezan’s documentation, at approximately 1:00 pm on Friday, 6 November 2015, Israeli occupation forces opened heavy fire and launched tear gas canisters at a peaceful solidarity event. The protest, in solidarity with East Jerusalem, included hundreds of young men and children at Erez crossing. The clashes between the Israeli occupation forces and the young men at Erez crossing and its surrounding areas ended at 4:00 pm the same day. Seven civilians were injured, including a child. Among the victims, three sustained live bullet wounds, two sustained plastic coated bullet wounds, and the rest struggled with tear gas inhalation injuries. Medical sources at Al Awda hospital described the injury of one of them as critical.
In the district of Gaza City, at approximately 1:30 pm on the same day, Israeli occupation forces opened fire and launched tear gas canisters at tens of young men and children who were participating in a popular event to protest against Israeli violations in Jerusalem and the broader West Bank. The clashes between the Israeli occupation forces and the young men at Nahal Oz crossing and its surrounding areas east of Al Shejai’ya neighborhood ended at 9:00 pm the same day. Five civilians were injured. Of the victims, two sustained bullet wounds.
In the district of Middle Gaza, at approximately 2:00 pm on Friday, 6 November 2015, Israeli occupation forces opened fire and launched tear gas canisters at tens of young men and minors who were near the separation fence, east of Al Bureij refugee camp. As a result, eight people were injured, seven of them sustained bullet wounds. Paramedic Fouad Mohammed Al Maaani, 51, sustained an injury to his head when a tear gas canister exploded. All of the victims were admitted to Al Aqsa Hospital in Dier Al Balah. One of the victims was referred to Shifa Hospital in Gaza, as his injury was critical.
On Saturday evening, a young Palestinian man was injured when Israeli occupation forces opened fire at him east of Al Bureij refugee camp.
In the district of Khan Younis, at approximately 3:00 pm on Friday, 6 November 2015, Israeli occupation forces opened fire and launched tear gas canisters at tens of people who were gathered near the separation fence in the Al Faraheen area in Abassan, eastern Khan Younis. Salama Mousa Abu Jamea’, 23, from Bani Suhaila, was killed, having sustained a live bullet to his chest. Four other people were injured and they were admitted to Gaza European Hospital to receive medical treatment. Among the victims, one suffered respiration problems after inhaling tear gas.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights strongly condemns the violations perpetrated by the Israeli occupation forces against civilians in the oPt. Many of the practices carried out by Israel’s occupation forces represent serious and systematic violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. These violations, which must be seen in the context of Israel's continued closure/blockade of Gaza, land confiscation practices, policy of separation, willful killing, and continued repression in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, testify to Israel's intention to maintain its unlawful occupation of the oPt.
Therefore, Al Mezan calls on the international community to uphold its legal obligations under international law to provide due protection for civilians on the one hand, and to take action to enable the Palestinian people to achieve their right to self-determination on the other. Al Mezan asserts that the failure to act and the silence of the international community towards the Israeli violations has encouraged Israel to perpetuate policies and practices that constitute violations of international law. This silence must stop.