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News code: 25598
Published Date: Saturday 19 May 2018 - 08:48:51
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UN rights chief:

Israel's Gaza response 'wholly disproportionate'

Israel's Gaza response 'wholly disproportionate'
World  - The UN human rights chief has slammed Israel's deadly reaction to protests along the Gaza border as "wholly disproportionate" and backed calls for an international investigation.

Addressing a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said there was "little evidence" Israel made an effort to minimise casualties during mass border protests by Palestinians on Monday.

He said Israeli forces had killed 106 Palestinians, including 15 children, since March 30. More than 12,000 were injured, at least 3,500 by live ammunition.

Israel was an occupying power and under international law, it was obliged to protect the people of Gaza and ensure their welfare, he said.

But instead, Gaza residents "are, in essence, caged in a toxic slum from birth to death; deprived of dignity; dehumanised by the Israeli authorities to such a point it appears officials do not even consider that these men and women have a right, as well as every reason, to protest", he said. 

"Nobody has been made safer by the horrific events of the past week," he added. "End the occupation, and the violence and insecurity will largely disappear."

He pointed out that while at least 60 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured in a single day of protests on Monday, "on the Israeli side, one soldier was reportedly wounded, slightly, by a stone".

Many of the Palestinians injured and killed "were completely unarmed" and "were shot in the back, in the chest, in the head and limbs with live ammunition," he said.

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Published Date: Saturday 19 May 2018 - 08:48:51
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