UN decries Israel’s excessive use of force in Gaza

New York, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Ibn Al-Hussein on Friday called on Israel to ensure that its security forces do not resort to the use of excessive force, following the many deaths and injuries sustained by Palestinians, including children, in Gaza over the past month.

He also called for those responsible to be held accountable.

In a press release, he said: “During the past four weeks, 42 Palestinians have been killed and over 5,500 injured – 1,739 by live ammunition fired by the Israeli security forces along the fence in Gaza. Thirty-five of those killed were taking part in demonstrations as part of the “Great March of Return”.

Most of them appear to have been unarmed or not presenting an imminent threat to the Israeli soldiers at the time of their killing or injury. No Israeli casualties have been reported, he said.

“Every week, we witness instances of use of lethal force against unarmed demonstrators,” said the High Commissioner. Under international law, Palestinians have the right to peaceful assembly and expression. Israeli security forces must use only necessary and proportionate means to discharge their duties, he said.

Source: Jordan News Agency