Israel is launching a murderous attack on Palestinian protesters, in which armed forces kill and mutilate protesters who pose no immediate threat to them. Amnesty International revealed on Friday based on its recent research results the protests "Great March of Return" continued [Fortsetzung]
The Israeli military killed 35 Palestinians and more than 5,500 during the weekly protests on March 30 that began on March 30 others injured – some with allegedly life-changing injuries. Amnesty International has reiterated its call on world governments to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel after the country has disproportionately responded to mass demonstrations along the fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip
"For four weeks, the world watched in horror Snipers and other soldiers, in full protective gear and behind the fence, have attacked Palestinian demonstrators with ammunition and tear gas, and despite widespread international condemnation, the Israeli army has not reversed its illegal order to fire unarmed demonstrators, "said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.
"The time for symbolic condemnation is over now, and the international community must act concretely and stop supplying arms and military equipment to Israel, a failure to do so continues to result in grave human rights abuses against thousands of men, women and children fueling the consequences of the cruel Israeli blockade of Gaza, these people are merely protesting against their unbearable conditions and demanding the right to return to their homes and cities in present-day Israel. "
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Protesters shot from behind
Mostly fatal Amnesty International analyzed Cases were recorded in the upper body, including the head and chest, partially from behind. Eyewitness accounts, video and photographic evidence suggest that many were intentionally killed or injured, and that they were not an immediate threat to Israeli soldiers.
Among the victims is the 23-year-old footballer Mohammad Khalil Obeid, who was shot dead in both knees. In a protest east of the al-Breij camp on March 30, he filmed his back to the border fence.
The video posted on social media shows the moment he was shot. He seems to stand in a remote area away from the fence and does not seem to endanger the lives of Israeli soldiers. He currently needs a knee replacement surgery to be able to walk again.
"As a Palestinian player, my life was destroyed … I dreamed of playing soccer abroad and raising the Palestinian flag abroad [to show] we are not terrorists," he told Amnesty International.
"We wanted to convey our message to all organizations, countries and heads of states, so that they see what happens to us, because nobody would accept this anywhere in the world
No more injuries since the war
Doctors of European and Shifa hospitals in Gaza City told Amnesty International that many of the severe injuries they experienced in the lower limbs were knees that are typical of war wounds they have suffered since the Gaza conflict
Many have suffered extreme bone and tissue damage as well as large exit wounds between 10 and 15 mm, and are likely to experience further complications cations, infections and some form of physical disability such as paralysis or amputation the high number of injuries to the knees, the probability of a ku Increase gel fragmentation. If true, they would suggest that the Israeli army intentionally inflict life-altering injuries.
Doctors also said they have witnessed another type of devastating injury, marked by large internal cavities, plastic in the body, but no exit wounds, according to military experts and a medical examiner who took photographs of Amnesty International's injuries, Many of the wounds witnessed by doctors in Gaza are comparable to those caused by high-speed 5.56mm Israeli Tavor rifles, military ammunition. Other wounds bear the marks of US-made M24 Remington sniper rifles that pick up 7.62mm hunting ammunition and spread and mushroom throughout the body.
According to a recent statement by Doctors Without Borders, half of over 500 patients admitted to their clinics have been treated for injuries, "where the bullet literally destroyed tissue after it has pulverized the bone". This information has been validated by humanitarian NGOs as well as by Palestinian human rights groups in Gaza.
"The nature of these injuries shows that Israeli soldiers are using high-speed military weapons to inflict maximum harm on the Palestinians demonstrators who are not an immediate threat to them, and these obviously deliberate attempts to kill and main are deeply disturbing, not to mention completely illegal, some of these cases appear to be wanton killing, a gross violation of the Geneva Conventions and a war crime, "said Magdalena Mughrabi.
"If Israel does not carry out effective and independent investigations involving those responsible for prosecution, the International Criminal Court must initiate a formal investigation into these killings and serious injuries as potential war crimes and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice . "
According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, the total number of casualties estimated as of April 26 is 5,511 – 592 children, 192 women and 4,727 men – with 1,738 live ammunition injuries. About half of the hospital injured suffered injuries to their legs and knees, 225 more suffered neck and head injuries, 142 others were injured in the abdominal and pelvic area and 115 in the chest and back. So far, the injuries have led to 18 amputations.
Four children between the ages of 14 and 17 are among the victims of injuries sustained during the protests. Two journalists were shot as well, although both wore protective vests that they clearly identified as members of the press while several others were injured.
Gaza's hospitals struggled to cope with the large number of victims due to medical shortages caused by the Israeli blockade and exacerbated by the intra-Palestinian divide. In the meantime, Israel has delayed or denounced the relocation of some patients in urgent need of medical assistance in other parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territory for their participation in protests.
In a case documented by Amnesty International, 20 years Old journalist Yousef al-Kronz was amputated on the left leg after the Israeli authorities refused him permission to travel to Ramallah in the occupied West Bank for urgent medical treatment. After a legal intervention by human rights groups, he was finally allowed to go to an operation to save his other leg.
Gazans in Gaza reported to Amnesty International about difficulties in evacuating injured demonstrators because the Israeli army fired tear gas canisters at them as near-field hospitals
Illegal killings and life-changing injuries
The organizers of the "Great Marches of Return "have repeatedly stated that the protests should be peaceful, and they have largely embedded sit-ins, concerts, sports games, speeches and other peaceful activities
Nevertheless, the Israeli army has reinforced its forces – by sending tanks, military vehicles, Sold out soldiers and snipers along the Gaza fence – and gave the order to shoot each several hundred feet of the fence.
While some protesters were trying to approach the fence, they threw stones at Israeli soldiers or burnt tires, Social Media videos and eyewitness reports from Amnesty International, Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups show that Israeli soldiers are demonstrating unarmed demonstrators, spectators, Journalists and medical personnel shot about 150-400 meters from the fence, where they pose no threat.
In a petition calling for the Israeli Supreme Court to order the Israeli army to stop distributing live ammunition, human rights groups Adalah and Al Mezan have published 12 social media videos featuring unarmed demonstrators, including women and men Children, show. is shot dead by the Israeli army. In some cases, people were shot while waving the Palestinian flag or running away from the fence.
Video leaked on social media shows Abd al-Fattah Abd Al-Nabi, 19 years old and shot dead on March 30. I ran away from the fence holding a hoop and turned my back to Israeli soldiers. He was shot in the back of the head and died. On Friday, April 20, 14-year-old Mohammad Ayyoub was also killed by a gunshot wound on the back of his head
Over the last 11 years, civilians in the Gaza Strip have had the devastating consequences of Israel's illegal Blockade suffered in addition to three wars. As a result, the economy in Gaza has fallen sharply, leaving the population almost entirely dependent on international aid. Gaza has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world at 44% today. Four years after the conflict in 2014, around 22,000 people remain displaced.
In January 2015, the International Criminal Court's prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation into the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, in particular investigating the crimes committed since then. June 13, 2014.
Amnesty International also calls on all states to adopt a comprehensive arms embargo against Israel and against Palestinian armed groups in order to prevent violations of international humanitarian law and human rights by all sides. Since March 30, in addition to the demonstrators, seven other Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes, artillery fire, or live ammunition, including a farmer who harvested his land near the fence and six members of Palestinian armed groups.