Ref: 84/2013

 

Two Palestinian children were wounded
when Israeli forces positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel
fired at a number of children who were in the east of the northern Gaza Strip
town of Jabalya, nearly 300 meters away from the border.  The children did not pose any threat to the
Israeli forces.

 

According to investigations conducted by
the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 16:00 on
Tuesday, 20 August 2013, 7 children were having a picnic on an agricultural
lane in the east of Jabalya nearly 500 meters away from the border between the
Gaza Strip and Israel.  At approximately
18:45, as children got as close as to 300 meters from the border, Israeli
forces positioned at the border fired at them. 
As a result, 2 children were wounded:

1) Lu’ai Tal’at al-Mabhouh, 17, wounded in
the left foot and the right thigh; and

2) Hassan Suhail Abu ‘Eita, 16, wounded in
the left thigh. 

 

Immediately, the children ran away up to
500 meters from the border and hid behind a hill, but Israeli forces continued
to fire at the area.  The two children
were evacuated later to Kamal Edwan Hospital in Beit Lahia, where their wounds
were described as moderate.

 

It should be noted that Israeli forces
often target Palestinian civilians in the Israeli-imposed “buffer zone” in the
east and north of the Gaza Strip.  For
instance, on 10 August 2013, Israeli forces positioned at the border between
the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east of al-Boreij refugee camp in the central
Gaza Strip shot dead Hussein ‘Abdul Hadi Khalil ‘AwadAllah, 34, from
al-Nusaairat refugee camp.  The victim
was hit by a live bullet that entered the right shoulder and settled in the
abdomen.  On 11 August 2013, Hamada
Sameer Jnaid, 21, from Gaza City, was wounded by a live bullet to the left leg,
while he was working on an agricultural area nearly 400 meters away from the
border.

 

PCHR is deeply concerned for continued
crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians and their
property in restricted areas, and:

1) Calls upon the international community to
intervene in order to stop Israeli crimes, and reiterates its call for the High
Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligation
under Article 1 to respect and ensure respect for the Convention under all
circumstances, and their obligation under Article 146 to search for persons
alleged to have committed, or to have ordered to be committed, grave breaches
of the Convention, and to prosecute such persons.

2) Calls for ensuring free and secure access
of civilians to their houses, lands and property, and protecting their right to
life and personal security and their right to work.