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In Excessive Use of Force, Israeli forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in Tamoun Village, North of the West Bank

Ref: 114/2018


Today, Wednesday, 24 October 2018, in a new crime of excessive use of lethal force against Palestinian civilians, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 3 others in Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas. This crime and other killings lately committed by the Israeli forces prove that the Israeli forces deliberately aiming at inflicting the highest number of casualties among Palestinian civilians.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 01:30 on the abovementioned day, Israeli forces accompanied with a number of military vehicles moved into Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas, from all its entrances and patrolled the streets in order to carry out arrest campaigns. They raided and searched several houses. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian youngsters and young men gathered and threw stones, empty bottles and Molotov Cocktails at Israeli soldiers. The soldiers heavily fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. At approximately 03:15, the clashes intensified in al- al-Jadeed intersection area, east of the village. At approximately 03:30, about 4 to 5 Israeli soldiers surprisingly went out of Bani Theeb Cemetery, which is about 40 meters away from the abovementioned intersection, and heavily and randomly opened fire at the protestors. As a result, Mohammed Mahmoud Busharat (22) was hit with a live bullet that penetrated the lung and exited the back. Mohammed fell down near an ambulance belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), which immediately took him to Tubas Turkish Hospital in Tubas as he was in a very serious status. Mohammed was then transferred to Al-Razi Hospital in Jenin. Mohammed died at the Emergency Department of the abovementioned hospital and his death was announced after a short time of his arrival at the hospital. Moreover, 3 civilians were wounded. A 25-year-old civilian was hit with 2 live bullets to the left thigh and one of them was hit to the aorta. The civilian was taken to Tubas Turkish Hospital and then transferred to An-Najah National Hospital in Nablus because he needed a surgery in his blood vessels. Furthermore, a 33-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the right side of buttock; and a 22-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the right foot. The 2 civilians wounded were transferred to Tubas Turkish Hospital and doctors classified their injuries as moderate. It should be noted that Busharat is a fourth year student at al-Quds Open University.

PCHR herby condemns this crime, which further proves that the Israeli forces continue to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians aiming at killing them.

PCHR emphasizes that the Israeli forces continued targeting of civilians is a flagrant violation of the rules of international law, international humanitarian law, the ICC Rome Statute and Fourth Geneva Convention. PCHR calls upon the international community and UN bodies to stop the Israeli escalating crimes and violations and work on providing international protection for Palestinians in the oPt. PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention. These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the oPt.