Palestine: Israeli soldiers killed 4 Palestinians, injured 729 in Gaza

21st Apr 2018
Palestine: Israeli soldiers killed 4 Palestinians, injured 729 in Gaza

By Nour Abu Aisha

 

GAZA CITY, Palestine (Imemec.org & AA): Israeli soldiers shot and killed, Friday, four Palestinians, including one child, and injured more than 729, including 24 children and twelve women, according to Palestinian Health Ministry during peaceful protests by Palestinians near the border fence, in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Ministry said the soldiers killed a child, identified as Mohammad Ibrahim Ayyoub, 15, from Jabalia in northern Gaza, after shooting him with an expanding bullet in the head.

It added that the soldiers also killed Ahmad Rashad al-Athamna, 24, from Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, after shooting him with a live round in his neck, east of nearby Jabalia.

The soldiers also killed Ahmad Nabil Aqel, 25, after shooting him with an expanding bullet in the head, east of Jabalia, in northern Gaza. He was first shot in his leg, received the needed treatment, and returned to the protests, before being killed by Israeli army fire.

In addition, the soldiers killed Sa’ad Abdul-Majid Abu Taha, 29, from al-Qarara town, northeast of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, after shooting him with a live round in his neck.

The Health Ministry also stated that the soldiers shot more than 729 Palestinians, including 174 who were rushed to local hospitals, and at least three who suffered life-threatening wounds, and 271 who received treatment in make-shift field clinics. 156 of the wounded were shot with live fire.

One of the wounded is a medic, who suffered a very serious injury, in addition to two journalists. Ninety Palestinians suffered moderate wounds.

The Ministry stated that eighteen of the wounded Palestinians were shot in the neck and head, 26 in the chest and back, twelve in the pelvis and abdomen, and 154 were shot in their legs.

Furthermore, eighty-six Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation; 29 were injured by shrapnel; five were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets and 29 sustained cuts and bruises.

Riyad Mansour, the Permanent Palestinian Observer at the United Nations, sent three identical letters to the United Nations Secretary General, the head of the Security Council and the head of the General Assembly, informing them of the latest Israeli violations and the excessive use of force against unarmed Palestinian civilians.

He called on the International Community to provide the urgently-needed protection to the Palestinian people, facing serious Israeli military escalation and crimes, and urging them to oblige Israel to respect International Law and the Four Geneva Convention.

On Friday morning, thousands of Palestinians converged along the strip’s eastern border for the “Friday of Martyrs and Prisoners”.

Demonstrators raised images of Palestinians who were recently killed while taking part in the rallies.

The latest death brings to 39 the total number of Palestinians martyred since the border rallies began on Mar. 30.

According to the Health Ministry, some 3,000 others have been injured, many seriously.

In a nod to Palestinian Prisoners Day, which Palestinians marked on Tuesday, protest organizers hung banners bearing the images of Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons.

Roughly 6,500 Palestinians are currently held by the Israeli authorities, including 62 women and scores of children, according to Palestinian figures.

The border rallies in Gaza are part of a six-week-long demonstration set to culminate on May 15. That day will mark the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment — an event Palestinians refer to as “The Catastrophe”.

Demonstrators demand that Palestinian refugees be granted the “right of return” to their towns and villages in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

Warning

On Thursday evening, the Israeli authorities warned Gaza residents against approaching the fraught border.

Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Israeli army planes had dropped flyers over the Gaza Strip warning would-be protesters to refrain from approaching — or attempting to damage — the border fence.

“You are strongly advised not to participate in acts of violence against Israeli army troops or Israeli citizens,” the flyers read, according to the newspaper.

The flyers went on to warn that Israeli forces would “use any means necessary” to preempt perceived “acts of violence” by Palestinian protesters.

[Photo: Palestinians carry a wounded man as they clash with Israeli forces in response to Israeli soldiers’ intervention as part of the “Great March of Return” demonstration in Khan Yunis, Gaza on April 20, 2018.  Photographer: Mustafa Hassona/AA]

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