Ref: 49/2015


In another crime involving use of excessive
force, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child and wounded another civilian
after directly firing at them when they were near the coastal border fence,
northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.  Investigations conducted by the Palestinian
Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) indicate that the shooting violate the
principles of necessity and discrimination, and the use of force was excessive,
especially that the victims were unarmed civilians. Moreover, Israeli forces
shot both victims in the upper parts of their bodies.


According to investigations conducted by
PCHR, at approximately 18:40 on Friday, 31 July 2015, Israeli forces stationed
along the border fence, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip,
opened fire at a group of civilians, who were walking near the coastal border
fence.  As a result, Mohammed Hamed ‘Adel
al-Masri (16), from al-Manshiyah Street in Beit Lahia, was killed by a bullet
that penetrated the left underarm and exited the right underarm.  Additionally, Mohammed ‘Omer ‘Abdullah
al-Shen (21), from al-Daraj neighborhood in Gaza City, was wounded by a bullet
to the left leg and was then taken by an ambulance to Kamal ‘Edwan
Hospital.  His condition was described as


PCHR strongly condemns this crime which
further proves the continued use of excessive force by Israeli forces against
the Palestinian civilians in disregard for their lives. Furthermore, PCHR calls
upon the international community to take immediate and effective actions to
stop the israeli crimes and reiterates its call for the High Contracting
Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under
Article 1; i.e., to respect and to ensure respect for the Convention in all
circumstances, and their obligation under Article 146 to prosecute persons
alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention. These grave
breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and
Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions.