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Palestinian NGO decries Israeli 'excessive force'
Published Sunday 22/12/2013 (updated) 10/01/2014 18:50
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Palestinian youths demonstrate next to the security fence on the
Gaza border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern
Gaza Strip, on Nov. 23, 2012 (AFP/File Said Khatib)
GAZA CITY (AFP) -- A Gaza-based human rights group on Sunday expressed "deep concern" at what it called Israeli troops' use of excessive force in Friday's fatal shooting of a young Palestinian.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said in a statement that soldiers shot dead Odeh Jihad Hamad, 27, and wounded his brother Raddad, 22, as they picked through scrap in wasteland next to the Gaza-Israel frontier at Beit Hanun in the north of the coastal strip.

"Israeli forces used excessive force and directly opened fire at them, although it was clear that the two civilians were collecting steels and plastics from the landfill near the border fence," the PCHR said.

The Israeli military said it opened fire at Palestinians near the border in response to Palestinian violence, including the firing of a mortar round that hit southern Israel and throwing rocks at soldiers.

The PCHR said troops had also used unnecessary force at a separate border incident on Friday, when they wounded three Palestinians near Jabaliya about three miles from Beit Hanoun in response to stone-throwing at soldiers.

"PCHR is deeply concerned over these crimes, which further prove the use of excessive force by Israeli forces in disregard for the civilians' lives," it said. "These grave breaches constitute war crimes."

Before Friday, the last deadly incident in Gaza was on Nov. 1, when four Hamas militants were killed and five Israeli soldiers wounded during an army operation to destroy a Gaza-Israel tunnel.
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1 ) How true!! VILE ISRAEL SHOULD / LEARN FROM SYRIA
22/12/2013 18:51
how to handle people who shoot at you SYRIA is a good example of REATRAINT AND TOLLERANCE!

2 ) Julie / USA
23/12/2013 03:25
"These grave breaches constitute war crimes." - yes, indeed they do!! and it's way past time to prosecute izraeli zionazis at the ICC.

3 ) spb / us
23/12/2013 04:21
I agree to have international police from egypy and syria

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
23/12/2013 07:04
Complaining about Israel using excessive force is like objecting to a pig because it's greedy. Israel just wouldn't be Israel if it didn't use excessive force. They commit every crime they calculate they can get away with.

5 ) spb / us
23/12/2013 13:40
Were is petal when you need it colin

6 ) Mel / USA
24/12/2013 17:41
Remember,the Zionist regime of Israel survives thru' excessive force&disproportionate punishment/persecution of indigenous non-white-Jews,since 1945,increasingly!BUT,"excessive force" is only possible with D.C.,Brussels,GCC approval,which Israel's Zionist regime always gets,because they push the myth that Israeli's are defensive victims,instead of the OFFENSIVE VICTIMIZERS,for 67 yrs & daren't call Israel anti-semitic for murdering semitic Arabs.So,accuse Israel's enablers as well.

7 ) Outlier / USA
28/12/2013 21:18
6., Mel, stop being ridiculous.

8 ) Mel / USA
29/12/2013 19:41
#7:Outrightliar/USA: "ridiculous"? Oh pray, do continue to qualify &quantify your statement by explanation of your reasoning? We await your explanatory wisdom, with baited breath! lol!
Yawn!

9 ) @ Colin-4 & Mel-6 / USA
31/12/2013 03:01
4- When you use the words "Israel using excessive force", remember the images of Israeli buses blown-up by Palestinian bombs !! 6- It "was clear (to the Israeli soldiers) that the two were" -a- NOT "civilians" and -b- NOT "collecting steels and plastics near the border fence." Instead, they knew why they were at the border, and they ignored the soldier's warnings to leave, and the soldiers acted in self-defense !!

10 ) Outlier / USA
09/01/2014 20:34
8., Mel, since you asked, virtually EVERY Israeli use of force against Gaza has been precipitated - either by Gazans sending missiles or mortars across the border into Israel, or immanent threat of such an attack by Gazans. If Gazans do not like the consequences, they should refrain from attacking Israel. Simple.

11 ) Outlier / USA
14/01/2014 02:28
The Palestinian NGO should remember Palestinian bombs in Israeli buses and Palestinian bombs in Israeli restaurants in the not-so-distant past before throwing around terms like "crimes."
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