Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, January 25, 2019
On Friday evening, 25 January 2019, in excessive use of force against peaceful protesters on the 44th Friday of the March of Return and Breaking the Siege, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 117 others, including 25 children, 3 women and 3 paramedics, in eastern Gaza Strip.
According to observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers, though the demonstrators were around tens of meters away from the border fence, the Israeli forces who stationed in prone positions and in military jeeps along the fence continued to use excessive force against the demonstrators by opening fire and firing teargas canisters at them. As a result, many of the demonstrators were hit with bullets and teargas canisters to their head without posing any imminent threat or danger to the life of soldiers.
On this Friday, the Israeli forces have increasingly targeted the medical personnel in the field and wounded 3 of them, including 2 paramedics in eastern Gaza City and another paramedic in eastern Jabalia. All of this indicates an Israeli systematic policy to target the medical personnel and obstruct their humanitarian action that is guaranteed with protection under the international humanitarian law…