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The organization: What is happening in Gaza is a flagrant violation of international law and acts of intentional killing constitute war crimes

The Israeli occupation forces have escalated their targeting of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, especially those who took part in peaceful marches along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip during the major march on Monday, May 14, 2018. The Israeli occupation forces used excessive and deadly force it also targeted medical crews and journalists, killing 63 civilians, including 42 peaceful marchers along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip, including 6 children and a disabled person. More than 2000 Palestinians were injured, including (1114) wounded by live bullets. Among the injured were 304 children, 77 women, 10 journalists, 3 paramedics and 70 injured. Medical sources at the Palestinian Ministry of Health described their injuries as dangerous.

This was accompanied by an intensive and unprecedented presence of the Israeli occupation forces along the border strip adjacent to the Gaza Strip, in military locations around the area, intensive use of helicopter gunships and reconnaissance aircraft that did not leave the Gaza Strip, the Israeli occupation forces also fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at peaceful demonstrators targeting them in the upper parts of the body. Dozens of injuries were recorded in the head and chest, many of which were described by Palestinian medical sources as critical and the candidate for death.

The Israeli occupation forces also targeted ambulances, medical personnel and medical points near the border strip in the Gaza Strip, preventing them from advancing towards the wounded. The medical teams were also directly targeted. , Causing injury to their ranks, journalists were also targeted directly and injured in their ranks, injuring 10 journalists while covering the marches, despite their distinctive emblems as journalists.

According to the information documented by the research committee and documented violations of the International Organization for Human Rights and international law through several official medical sources, the number of victims who have fallen during the return marches since 30/03/2018, and as of the date of issue of the report, (99) individuals, including (3) people with special needs, (11) children and journalists, and also (6938) were injured, including (1244) children, (253) women, (42) paramedics, (59) journalists, including (3615) shot directly with live bullets.

The International Organization for Human Rights and International Law considers that what is happening in Gaza is a "flagrant violation of international law" and that the deliberate killing of civilians constitutes war crimes. Therefore, the organization strongly condemns the behavior of the Israeli occupation forces in the use of excessive and lethal force against those who took part in peaceful marches that posed no threat to the lives of those occupying military forces and intended to inflict harm on their ranks without complying with the norms and rules of international law and the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is evident in the large number of victims, including children, women, people with special needs, journalists and paramedics.

The organization also calls on the international community to take immediate and effective action to stop the violations of the barbaric occupation forces, to enforce justice in the occupied Palestinian territories, to provide international protection to the civilian population, to end the illegal siege on more than 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and to enable the Palestinian people to exercise their inherent right to self-determination, which is a guarantee of the Charter of the United Nations.

The organization demands that the Israeli occupation authorities be bound by the Fourth Geneva Convention, stressing that the crimes committed against the unarmed civilians participating in the great march of return are tantamount to war crimes and the targeting of civilians, which is classified as crimes against humanity, and contrary to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, General of the International Criminal Court to act urgently to open an official investigation and to work to bring those involved in these crimes, both military and political, to international prosecution and ensure that they do not escape punishment.

The organization calls upon the international contracting parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to abide by the legal and moral obligation of article 1 of the Convention, under which they undertook to respect the provisions of the Convention in full and the obligation to apply them, as stated in article 146, concerning the prosecution of those accused of committing serious violations of the convention.


International Organization for Human Rights and International Law
Central Information Authority
Norway on 16/5/2018