Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Reports on Increase in Israeli Forces’ Attacks in Gaza

by Russavia, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Originally Appeared in Human Rights Brief

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights reports that Israeli Occupation forces near the “access restricted area” in Gaza have conducted over thirty attacks since September of 2014 which has resulted in two deaths, thirty-six injuries, nine of which were children. This comes with increased attacks on Palestinian fishermen in Gaza waters. Notably, on March 7, 2015 Israeli boats opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat damaging the boat’s engine and killing one member of the crew. The rest of the crew was arrested; their boat confiscated and was not returned upon the release of the remaining crew. Al Mezan contends that the killings, for which the international community stays silent, are violations of the legal obligations under international humanitarian law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

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