Gaza, ALRAY - The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) accused Saturday the Israeli army of deliberately shooting demonstrators in fatal places in their bodies during their participation in peaceful "marches" on the Gaza border.
"The use of excessive force by the Israeli army led Friday to the injury of 74 Palestinian civilians, including 23 children," the human rights center said in a statement.
Nonetheless, PCHR fieldworkers affirmed the peaceful nature of the protest and the absence of violence that would provoke Israeli soldiers’ use of live ammunition and tear gas.
PCHR documented the participation of hundreds of civilians in peaceful activities, such as Dabkah, folklore songs and raising Palestinian flags. A few dozens of protestors approached the border fence and attempted to throw stones; a single case involving a Molotov cocktail was also documented.
This week’s march included, PCHR has documented 207 killings by Israel since the outbreak of the protests on 30 March 2018, including 44 children, 2 women, 9 persons with disabilities, 4 paramedics, and 2 journalists. Additionally, 13,127 were wounded, including 2658 children, 401 women, 216 paramedics and 204 journalists.
PCHR condemned the continued Israeli attacks and excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrations.
PCHR reiterates that the unhindered Israeli violence is encouraged by the climate of impunity that it enjoys, and that Israeli forces’ human rights violations are supported by its highest military and political offices
Since March 30, 2018, Palestinians have participated in peaceful marches near the separation fence between the Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestinian territories in 1948 to demand the right of return to abandoned towns and villages in 1948 and to break the siege on Gaza.