Human Rights Commission Calls Killing of Three Palestinian Teens a War Crime

25 Jan
8:08 PM

Palestinian human rights activist accused the Israeli occupation of executing three Palestinian children east of the Gaza Strip, on Tuesday evening, in cold blood, calling it a war crime, Alray reported.

The head of the International Commission for the Support of the Rights of the Palestinian People “Hashd”, Salah Abdel-Ati, said that Israeli soldiers deployed along the security fence east of the Gaza Strip committed a war crime against the three Palestinian children, and continue to hold their bodies, under the pretext the youths were trying to infiltrate the border.

Abdel-Ati said that Israeli soldiers surrounded the area as soon as they observed three children close to the border fence, and despite the fact that the children complied with the soldiers’ orders, they were all shot dead.

He considered the execution of three children in their teens, to be clear evidence of Israel’s disregard for the provisions of international humanitarian law, in particular the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention which affirms the Rule 14. Proportionality in Attack: “Launching an attack which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated, is prohibited.”

Abdel-Ati said that the reaction, or lack thereof, of the international community and its institutions to this crime, will give the Israeli occupation a green light to continue to commit more crimes.

He called on the international community and its institutions to exert political, diplomatic and legal pressure on Israel to stop targeting Palestinian civilians, especially children.

He called on the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions, to work hard to provide protection to the Palestinians in the occupied territories, stressing the necessity of exposing Israeli crimes, and holding the Israeli occupation accountable.

Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam

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