Israeli Forces Wound 92 Palestinian Civilians، 28 of them were Children
Saturday 15/June/2019 - 12:02 PM
Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege
Yesterday، 14 June 2019، in excessive use of force against peaceful protesters on the 61st Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege، Israeli forces wounded 92 Palestinian civilians، 28 of them were children and four were paramedics، including a female paramedic، in the eastern Gaza Strip. One of the wounded was a child، who was hit with a live bullet to the chest and sustained serious wound، PCHR reported.
According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers، the Israeli forces who stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence with Israel continued to use excessive force against the protesters by firing bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result، dozens of the protesters were hit with bullets and teargas canisters without posing any imminent threat or danger to the life of soldiers.
During the last week، Israeli forces have escalated their attacks against the medical personnel in the field، wounding 4 members of them with rubber bullets and direct tear gas canisters in eastern Rafah. This indicates that there is an Israeli systematic policy to target the medical personnel and obstruct their humanitarian work that is guaranteed under the rules of the international humanitarian law.
On Friday، 14 June 2019، the incidents were as follows: At approximately 16:30، thousands of civilians، including women، children and entire families، started swarming to the five encampments established by the Supreme National Authority of Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege adjacent to the border fence with Israel in eastern Gaza Strip cities.
Hundreds of protesters، including children and women، gathered adjacent to the border fence with Israel in front of each encampment and its vicinity tens and hundreds of meters away from the fence. The protesters chanted slogans، raised flags، and in very limited incidents attempted to approach the border fence and throw stones at the Israeli forces.
Although the protesters gathered in areas open to the Israeli snipers stationed on the top of the sand berms and military watchtowers and inside and behind the military jeeps، the Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets in addition to a barrage of tear gas canisters. The Israeli attacks، which continued at around 19:30، resulted in the injury of 92 Palestinian civilians، 28 of them were children and four were paramedics، including a female paramedic. sAmong those wounded، 25 were hit with live bullets and shrapnel، 52 were hit with rubber bullets and 15 were directly hit with tear gas canisters. One of the wounded was a child، who was hit with a live bullet to the chest and sustained serious wound.
In addition، dozens of civilians suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures due to tear gas canisters that were fired by the Israeli forces from the military jeeps and riffles in the eastern Gaza Strip.