Human rights groups demanded accountability and justice for victims on Thursday after United Nations investigators said Israeli troops may have committed war crimes during anti-occupation protests in Gaza last year.
“The Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to others when they were shot, nor were they directly participating in hostilities,” the U.N. officials wrote in a new report (pdf), which relied on interviews, thousands of documents, and video footage showing Israeli soldiers using live ammunition against Palestinians—including children, journalists, and medical workers.
“Particularly alarming is the targeting of children and persons with disabilities. Many young persons’ lives have been altered forever.”
—Sara Hossein, Bangladeshi lawyer According to the report—which is the result of a months-long investigation—Israeli snipers killed over 180 unarmed Palestinians and injured more than 6,100 others with live ammunition between March 30 and December 31 of last year.
Bangladeshi lawyer Sara Hossein said in a statement that there “can be no justification for killing and injuring journalists, medics, and persons who pose no imminent threat of death or serious injury to those around them.”
“Particularly alarming is the targeting of children and persons with disabilities,” Hossain continued. “Many young persons’ lives have been altered forever. One hundred twenty-two people have had a limb amputated since March 30 last year. Twenty of these amputees are children.”
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