On Third Friday of March of Return and Breaking Siege in Gaza Strip, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian and Wound 398 Others, Including 50 Children, 8 Women and 17 in Critical Condition, Without Posing Threat or Danger to Israeli Soldiers’ Life


Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, April 13, 2018

On Friday, 13 April 2018, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 398 others, including 50 children, 8 women, 3 journalists and 4 paramedics.  Among those wounded, 270 civilians, who were participating in fully peaceful demonstrations around 100 meters away from the border fence with Israel, were hit with live bullets, rendering 17 of them in serious condition.  Upon a military and political decision from the highest levels, Israeli forces used deadly force against the peaceful demonstrators who did not pose threat to the life of soldiers.  Moreover, a civilian was killed an hour after being shot by the Israeli forces in Eastern Khuza’ah in Khan Younis.  Though the number of those killed this week decreased, the Israeli forces continued for the third week to use lethal force in order to suppress the largest peaceful demonstration that the Gaza Strip has ever witnessed along the border fence with Israel in the eastern Gaza Strip.  Thus, the death toll has increased to 29 civilians, including 3 children, and the number of civilians wounded has reached 2165, including 352 children and 60 women, since 30 March…