In Excessive Use of Force, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Woman and Wound Another One in Hebron
On Wednesday evening, 23 January 2013, the Israeli
forces killed a Palestinian woman and wounded another one in Hebron in the
south of the West Bank.
According to investigations conducted by the
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and eyewitnesses’ accounts, at
approximately 14:00 on Wednesday, an Israeli car (white Toyota Corolla) was
traveling near the main road known bypass road #60 close to al-Arroub
Agricultural College in Hebron. Two
Israeli soldiers in the military uniform were traveling in the car. A number of Palestinian boys who were in the
area threw stones at the car, which immediately stopped near the sub-entrance
of the College that has been closed for several years by the Israeli forces
using an iron gate. One of the soldier
stepped down from the car and indiscriminately opened fire from a machine gun at
the branch road leading to the College.
As a result, Lubna Moneer al-Hanash, 21, from Jabal al-Mawaleh village
east of Bethlehem, was killed by a bullet to the head, and Su’ad Kahlil Ja’ara,
37, was wounded by a bullet to the left hand.
Both women were on the branch road nearly 50 meters away from the
abovementioned bypass road. The two
women were evacuated to the National Hospital in Hebron. Soon after, the Israeli forces and police
arrived at the scene and declared the area a closed military zone. A number of residents of al-Arroub refugee
camp, which is nearly 200 meters away from the scene of the crime and clashed
erupted between them and the Israeli forces, which fired tear gas canisters and
sound bombs. A number of civilians
suffered from tear gas inhalation.
PCHR expresses deep concern for this crime
which reflects the continued use of excessive force by Israeli forces against
Palestinian civilians in disregard of their lives.
PCHR calls upon the international
community to take immediate and effective actions to put an end to such crimes
and reiterates its call for the High Contracting Parties to the 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 who allegedly committed grave breaches
of the Fourth Geneva Convention. These grave breaches constitute war
crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Article 85 of Protocol I
Additional to the Geneva Conventions.