THREE MORE CHILDREN DIE IN THE AL-AQSA INTIFADA

6 NOVEMBER  2000
 

Today, Monday 6 November, in continuing clashes in the Occupied Palestinian
Territories, two Palestinian youths under the age of 18 were killed by the
Israeli security forces, apparently by live ammunition. Wadje Alam Khattab
(15) was shot in the chest and killed near the West Bank town of Tulkarem.
Mohammed Nawal al Taban (17), from Deir Al-Bala refugee camp in the Gaza
Strip, was shot dead near the settlement of Kfar Darom.

A third youth, Muhammad Mustafa al Jazir (17), from Rafah in the Gaza Strip,
who was shot in the head on 28 October at Salah-a-Din Gate, died today in
Morocco from his injuries. Al Jazir had been transferred to Morroco for
medical treatment.

According to LAW's database, 157 Palestinians have been killed since the
outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada on 29 September 2000 and over 7000 have
been injured; 45 among those killed have been children under the age of 18.
In practically all cases children did not pose a life-threatening danger to
Israeli soldiers who shot them.

Most of the injuries sustained by Palestinian demonstrators were in the
upper parts of the body. This raises the suspicion that the Israeli security
forces are pursuing a shoot to kill policy. Wadje Alam Khattab and Muhammad
al Jazir died from shots to the chest and to the head respectively.

Israel has been accused of using excessive and indiscriminate force by the
United Nations Security Council in resolution 1322 of 7 October, as well as
by a number of international human rights organizations such as Amnesty
International, Human Rights Watch and Physicians for Human Rights.

With specific regard to children under the age of 18, the indiscriminate and
excessive use of force by the Israeli security forces in the ongoing clashes
constitutes violations of both international human rights and humanitarian
law. In its Special Session the UN Commission on Human Rights established
that Israeli actions constituted war crimes and crimes against humanity and
called upon Israel to put an immediate end to the use of force against
unarmed civilians.

LAW urges the Israeli government to abide by the stipulations of
international humanitarian law and the UN Code of Conduct for Law
Enforcement Officials and the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and
Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials.

LAW also calls on the Israeli government to implement UN resolutions 242,
338 and 194.

LAW calls on the international community to ensure that Israel complies with
international law and UN resolutions.

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Environment is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to preserving human
rights through legal advocacy
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