Israeli forces kill Palestinian in Ramallah as UN urges Israel to end 'unlawful killings' in West Bank

AFP , Ahram Online , Thursday 28 Dec 2023

Israeli forces killed at least one Palestinian man during an overnight raid on Ramallah, seat of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said Thursday, as the UN issued a human rights report urging Israel to end its"unlawful killings" in the occupied territory.

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Mourners carry the body of Hazem Qatawi (23), who was killed during an overnight raid by Israeli forces in Ramallah, during his funeral on December 28, 2023. AFP


Official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported Israeli forces "stormed a number of money exchange shops, seized their contents and detained a number of their owners".

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said its medics treated eight people for gunshot wounds.

Medics also treated people wounded by Israeli forces across the West Bank, in the governorates of Hebron, Jericho, Jenin and Nablus, the Crescent added.

The Palestinian Prisoners ‘Commission and the Prisoners’ Club have said that Israeli forces arrested at least 25 Palestinians in the West Bank, including former prisoners overnight and Thursday morning.

Accordingly, a United Nations report issued on Thursday said the human rights situation in the occupied West Bank was rapidly deteriorating and urged Israel to "end unlawful killings" against the Palestinian population.

The report, released by the UN high commissioner for human rights (OHCHR) calls for "an immediate end to the use of military weapons and means during law enforcement operations, an end to arbitrary detention and ill-treatment of Palestinians, and the lifting of discriminatory movement restrictions."

The OHCHR says it has verified the killing of 300 Palestinians, including 79 children, from 7 October to 27 December. Of these, Israeli Security Forces killed at least 291 Palestinians, terrorist settlers killed eight, and one Palestinian was killed either by Israeli Security Forces or settlers.

Prior to 7 October, 200 Palestinians had already been killed in the area in 2023 - the highest number in a ten-month-period since the UN began keeping records in 2005.

“The violations documented in this report repeat the pattern and nature of violations reported in the past in the context of the long-standing Israeli occupation of the West Bank. However, the intensity of the violence and repression is something that has not been seen in years,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk, reflecting on the findings of the report.

The report described a sharp increase in airstrikes as well as in incursions by armoured personnel carriers and bulldozers sent to refugee camps and other densely populated areas in the West Bank, resulting in deaths, injuries and extensive damage to civilian objects and infrastructure.

"These incursions, which continue to take place, have resulted in the death of at least 105 Palestinians, among them 23 children, since 7 October up to today."

"The use of military tactics and weapons in law enforcement contexts, the use of unnecessary or disproportionate force, and the enforcement of broad, arbitrary and discriminatory movement restrictions that affect Palestinians are extremely troubling," UN rights chief Volker Turk said in a statement.

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