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Israeli occupation forces use lethal force against protesters

Israeli police officers detains a Palestinian man during a protest against US President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on 16 December 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

The Arab Organization for Human Rights in Britain warned that the Israeli occupation forces are using lethal force to confront the protests that broke out in occupied Palestine after US president has announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on 6 December.

In a report issued today that, it said “the occupation forces used internationally prohibited lethal weapons and ammunition during the several events that swept the Palestinian cities as a protest against the crimes committed against citizens and holy sites. These confrontations caused serious injuries and casualties.”

The report added that “the occupation forces shelled sites in Gaza Strip, and used live and internationally prohibited explosive bullets and a new type of gas bombs, which caused vomiting, cough and serious convulsions that prevented breathing and resulted in deaths and very serious injuries.”

It went on, “ten citizens have been killed: Mahmud Al-Masri, 30, Maher Attallah, 54, Abdullah Al-Atl, 28, Mohammed Safadi, 30, Hassan Ghazi Nasrallah, 25, Mustafa Moufid Al-Sultan, 27, Yasser Sukkar, 23, Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, 29, Mohammed Aql, 29, and Basel Mustafa Mohammed Ismail, 29 years old”

It also identified the cases of Amin Aql “whose cold-blooded murder was caught on camera. He was shot in his foot then in the chest and then he died after being transferred to the hospital” and the disabled man, Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, “who lost his legs during an Israeli shelling in 2008. Everyone saw him when he was crawling, carrying a note and protesting against Trump’s decision. Even though he did not represent a threat, Israeli soldiers deliberately shot him.”

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The report adds, “According to medical field reports, more than 3431 Palestinians were injured in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. Their injuries varied from serious to moderate. 264 were the victims of live bullets, 624 of rubber bullets, 2309 of gas inhalation and 222 others were victims of beating, falling, burning and run over,”

It pointed out that “Israeli occupation forces deliberately targeted journalists to prevent them from covering events … Two journalists were victims of gas bombs: Alaa Badarneh, who was hit by a gas canister in the chest, and journalist Ali Obeidat who was hit by another in the foot. Sixteen other journalists suffocated as a result of gas inhalation.”

Israeli occupation forces not only fired live ammunition and gas bombs, but also had arbitrarily and violently arrested citizens during the confrontations. The cameras recorded the arrest of children after beating and blindfolding them.

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