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Human Rights Watch condemns Israeli security forces for excessive use of force

By Cath And - October 08, 2015
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Israeli violence] [Israeli army] [Israeli border police] [Human rights]

Israeli soldier with a "Ruger gun", a 0.22 sniper rifle, considered as a non-lethal weapon by the IDF, that has killed many Palestinians.

Human Rights Watch
condemned Israel today for its security forces’ “excessive use of lethal force” amid the recent wave of clashes across the West Bank and East Jerusalem.


The statement cites the fatal shootings of a 13 year old Palestinian boy near Bethlehem Oct. 5 and of an 18 year old Palestinian youth in Tulkarem on Oct. 4 as examples of Israel’s failure “to ensure that its police and army comply with international standards for the use of force.”


Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem released a statement Wednesday revealing that the 13 year old Abed al-Rahman Shadi Obeidallah was killed by a 0.22 bullet, the use of which Israeli authorities says is a non-lethal crowd control measure, Ma’an News Agency reports.


According to Ma’an News Agency, over 800 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli forces which have been taking place since Saturday.


Over 288 injuries were reported on Wednesday, including 10 from live fire.


One Palestinian youth is reported to be in a critical condition after having been shot with live ammunition in the back of the head during clashes near the Beit El settlement and DCO checkpoint in Al Bireh.


Footage released of the same protest shows an undercover Israeli agent shooting a Palestinian youth in the leg at point blank range after he had already been arrested by Israeli forces.


Clashes also took place Wednesday in Jericho, Bethlehem, Nablus, Beit Ummar and Yatta, among other places.


Wednesday also saw five Palestinians shot across Israel and Palestine after they allegedly attempted to carry out attacks on Israelis.


An 18 year old woman was shot and injured by an Israeli civilian in Jerusalem after she allegedly attempted to stab him. Two Palestinians were shot and injured near Dar Salah in the West Bank after they attacked the car of a settler.


In Kiryat Gat, a Palestinian was shot and killed after he allegedly attempted to attack a soldier and steal the soldier’s gun.


On Wednesday evening, an Israeli was lightly wounded in an attack in Petah Tivka, the suspect was identified as a 30 year old resident of Hebron.


A 30 year old Palestinian man was shot and injured on Wednesday evening after he allegedly attempted to drive a car through a military checkpoint close to Ma’ale Adumim, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.


Human Rights Watch has stated that “International humanitarian law, which applies in the occupied West Bank, prohibits security forces from deliberately or indiscriminately killing civilians.”


The statement continues that Israel must “as far as possible, apply nonviolent means before resorting to force.”



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