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Palestinian Center for Human Rights: Israel kills 11 Gazans in nine hours

Posted by uscsjp on October 1, 2007

Electronic Intifada-Sept. 27

Israeli Occupation Forces committed several crimes in the Gaza Strip over the past few hours, which left 11 Palestinians dead, including a child, and injured 33 others, five of them seriously. Some of the injured suffered amputation of limbs. Five of the victims were killed in an extra-judicial execution in Gaza City. The remaining six victims were killed in Beit Hanoun by aerial and land bombardment during an incursion into the town.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns these crimes, and is concerned that they are a prelude to additional crimes against the Gaza Strip.

PCHR is concerned over the continuation of IOF war crimes, and:

  • Renews its condemnation of these acts that are part of the ongoing Israeli war crimes in the OPT that reflect disregard for civilian lives. The Centre considers these actions to be acts of reprisal and collective punishment in violation of Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949).
  • Points out that the IOF does not respect the principles of necessity and proportionality when using its war machine against Palestinian resistance activists in populated areas, which causes additional victims among the civilian population.
  • Calls upon the international community to act immediately to stop these crimes; and renews the call to the High Contracting Party of the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their responsibility under Article 1 to ensure that the Convention is respected, and under Article 146 to pursue parties suspected of committing serious violations of the Convention, noting that these serious violations are considered war crimes in article 147 in the Convention and its First Protocol Additional. (read full article here)

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