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Demand accountability for violence against Gaza protesters

Demand accountability for violence against Gaza protesters

At least 14 protesters were killed and 1,416 people were injured by Israeli forces in Gaza on the first day of demonstrations, on Friday 30 March. Out of the injured, 1,010 were transferred to hospital for treatment, including 179 children. Gaza’s hospitals, already struggling under a decade of blockade and closure, with longstanding shortages of medical supplies, electricity and fuel, were overwhelmed by the mass casualties.

These casualties resulted from a violent response by Israeli forces, including the use of live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas, to mass peaceful protests along the border on ‘Land Day ...

At least 14 protesters were killed and 1,416 people were injured by Israeli forces in Gaza on the first day of demonstrations, on Friday 30 March. Out of the injured, 1,010 were transferred to hospital for treatment, including 179 children. Gaza’s hospitals, already struggling under a decade of blockade and closure, with longstanding shortages of medical supplies, electricity and fuel, were overwhelmed by the mass casualties.

These casualties resulted from a violent response by Israeli forces, including the use of live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas, to mass peaceful protests along the border on ‘Land Day’, when Palestinian refugees were demanding the realisation of their right to return, as enshrined in international law. As many as 758 people received gunshot wounds, many of these to lower limbs.

No injuries were reported among the Israeli armed forces and neither does there appear to have been any threat to them or to others that could have justified the widespread use of lethal and other excessive force.

UN Secretary General António Guterres has called for an “independent and transparent investigation” into the killing and injuring of Palestinians. This call was echoed by the European Union’s Foreign Affairs representative, Federica Mogherini, who said “the use of live ammunition should, in particular, be part of an independent and transparent investigation.”

Please email your MP today, and ask them to urge the UK government to take action and support international calls for independent investigations into the killing and injuring of Palestinian protesters, and accountability for violations of international law.

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