Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Gaza is about to explode, warns United Nations official

Gaza is about to explode, warns United Nations official

Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinian demonstrators and wounded more than 950 at the Gaza border, despite the United Nations human rights chief urging Israel to stop using excessive force against Palestinian protesters.

But on Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel did not do it.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesperson for Gaza's health ministry, said Israeli forces also targeted medical service points twice with quantities of unidentified gas east of the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. "For the many more alleged killings of unarmed civilians by Israeli security forces that take place off camera, there seems to be little or no effort to apply the rule of law".

Gaza Strip was shaken by seven weeks of clashes in the summer of 2014 between Israeli forces and Palestinians.

Hamas has denied the allegations. The group reportedly used innocent Palestinian women and children as human shields, while they cowered behind them.

The violence came shortly after a top United Nations official urged Israel to refrain from using excessive force against the protesters.

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops since Gaza residents began staging protests along the border fence on March 30 to demand the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

The human rights group in a report said Israel is carrying out a murderous assault against protesting Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said the event was unlike anything Israel has seen over the past month.

"While Nikki Haley and other officials of the Trump Administration continue forging reality by adopting Israeli talking points and false claims aimed at justifying the systematic denial of our rights and attacks against our people, the fact that matters is that during nearly a month of demonstrations in Gaza, the Israeli Army has killed over 43 Palestinian civilians, including children, as well as injuring over 6,000 people either by the use of tear gas or shooting live ammunition", he added.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein on Friday called the loss of life deplorable and said a "staggering number" of injuries had been caused by live ammunition.

Owaida is the second teenager killed by Israeli fire recently, following the death of Mohhamed Ayoush, 15, last week. Hundreds more were hit by rubber-encased steel bullets or are suffering tear gas exposure, after Israeli forces showered the area with tear gas canisters from behind their heavily fortified positions.

In other incidents Friday, the military said Palestinian crowds rolled burning tires, hurled rocks and flew kites with flaming objects attached with the goal of damaging the fence and other Israeli targets.

They will culminate on 15 May, the 70th annual commemoration of what Palestinians call the Nakba, or Catastrophe, of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of their people in the war which followed Israel's creation in 1948.

Rights groups have said such open-fire rules are unlawful because they allow soldiers to use potentially lethal force in situations where their lives are not in danger.

Relatives and Palestinian faction leaders gathered in a show of respect to greet the body of Fadi al-Batsh as it entered Gaza through the Egyptian border.

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