Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, December 6, 2019
Sixty-Four Palestinian civilians, including 19 children, a paramedic, and 4 women; one of them was a paramedic, were shot and injured by Israeli occupation forces’ (IOF) fire against peaceful protestors at the 83rd Great March of Return (GMR), this Friday, 06 December 2019.
IOF preceded the protests today by describing them as “chaotic and violent”, threatening to target the protesters. Via a video, Colonel Iyad Sarhan, Head of the Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA) for Gaza, called upon the Gaza civilian residents “not to go back to the violent way and not to take part again in the riot and protests along the border fence.” He also threatened, “if any of you approached the fence, you will be targeted and pay a heavy price for your wrong choices,” and added, “Being in the border area would endanger your lives.”
This week, IOF resumed the use of excessive force against peaceful protestors, as 4 civilians were shot with live bullets and their shrapnel in addition to other injuries with rubber bullets, mainly in protesters’ upper bodies. One of those injured was deemed in serious condition after being shot with a rubber bullet to the head, causing a skull fracture in eastern Rafah…