Photo: PIC
Photo: PIC

Gaza, 29 Dhulhijjah 1436/13 October 2015 (MINA) – The high number of casualties, in particular those resulting from the use of live ammunition by Israeli forces raise serious concerns about the excessive use of force that may be contrary to international law enforcement standards, UNRWA warned in a statement issued Monday.

Under international law there are strict limits to the use of lethal force whether in the context of law enforcement operations or during conflict. These limitations are especially pertinent where a military occupying power operates in civilian areas, the UN agency said, The Palestinian Information Center (PIC) quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

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UNRWA expressed deep concern over “the escalating violence and widespread loss of civilian life in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel.”

Only robust political action can prevent the further escalation of a situation that is affecting Palestinian and Israeli civilians, according to the agency.

“We condemn killings and injuries of Palestine refugees such as the tragic case on 5 October, of Abd El Rahman, a 13-year-old ninth grade student at an UNRWA school who was shot dead by Israeli Forces in Bethlehem’s Aida refugee camp.”

The initial UNRWA investigation indicates that the child was with a group of friends; next to the UNRWA office after the school day was over and was not posing any threat.

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”Where alleged violations of international law occur, there must be a prompt, impartial, effective and thorough investigation of the events and full accountability in accordance with international standards.”

UNRWA reiterates the call of the United Nations Secretary-General on all sides to respect and protect the rights of children, in particular their inherent right to life. We call for maximum restraint to ensure the protection of civilians, in accordance with international law.(T/P008/R04)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)