UN: IDF ignoring repeated warnings to end lethal force on Gaza border

Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemns Israel for the IDF’s use of ‘live-fire’ against Gaza’s civilian protesters, and calls for the soldiers to be “held accountable.”

By AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff


The UN rights chief on Friday urged Israeli forces to stop using force to prevent Arab rioters from charging Israel’s security fence, and demanded that Israeli troops who do use force to defend the border “be held accountable.”

Israel has no expectations of unbiased judgements from Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. – Photo: Wikimedia

“Every week, we witness instances of use of lethal force against unarmed demonstrators,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a statement Friday.

“Warnings by the United Nations and others have seemingly gone unheeded, as the approach of the security forces from week to week does not seem to have changed,” he added.

Forty-two Gaza rioters have been killed since the violent demonstrations on the border began on March 30, according to the UN. Health officials in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip claim that more than 4,000 rioters have been wounded by Israeli security forces.

Palestinian youths operating a large slingshot in Gaza in their attacks on IDF soldiers during the ‘non-violent Gaza border protests.’ April 20 2018.  Photo: Aaed Baker in Gaza

“The staggering number of injuries caused by live ammunition only confirms the sense that excessive force has been used against demonstrators – not once, not twice, but repeatedly,” Zeid said.

Rioters have hurled stones, firebombs, and flaming tires at Israeli soldiers securing the border, and have used makeshift “terror kites” to drop explosives on Israeli positions.

Israeli forces have warned Gazans that the IDF will use force to prevent a mass breach of the Israeli border by Gaza Arabs.


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