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Switzerland: Israeli soldier's killing of wheel-bound Palestinian is 'incomprehensible' - OHCHR02:11

Switzerland: Israeli soldier's killing of wheel-bound Palestinian is 'incomprehensible' - OHCHR

Switzerland, Geneva
December 19, 2017 at 17:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

This level of casualties raises serious concerns as to whether the force used by Israeli forces was properly calibrated to the threat. And these events, including the loss of five irreplaceable human lives, can sadly be traced directly back to the unilateral U.S. announcement on the status of Jerusalem, which breaks international consensus and was dangerously provocative. At the same time, the High Commissioner unequivocally condemns all attacks against civilians, including the indiscriminate shelling of Israeli civilian areas by armed Palestinian groups operating out of Gaza."

UN Human Rights Agency (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville called the killing of a wheelchair-bound amputee Ibrahim Abu Thuraya a "truly shocking and wanton act", speaking from the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Tuesday.

"Given his severe disability, which must have been clearly visible to those who shot him, his killing is incomprehensible – and it is a truly shocking and wanton act," stated Colville.

OHCHR spokesperson said that response by the Israeli Security Forces, which involved firing live-ammunition, has resulted in five Palestinians being killed and hundreds more injured since the beginning of protests in the West Bank and Gaza.

According to Colville, "use of live ammunition has resulted in over 220 people being injured in Gaza, including 95 on Friday alone, in addition to tens of others who sustained injuries from tear gas or rubber bullets." He then raised the question of whether the force used by the Israeli forces was "properly calibrated to the threat."

"These events, including the loss of five irreplaceable human lives, can sadly be traced directly back to the unilateral U.S. announcement on the status of Jerusalem, which breaks international consensus and was dangerously provocative," said Colville.

The 29-year-old wheelchair-bound man with no legs was reportedly shot dead by Israeli Security Forces close to the fence between Gaza and Israel as he attended a demonstration on Friday against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Ruptly covered Thuraya’s story in 2015, when his main source of income was from car washing in order to ensure he had enough money to support his family. He lost his legs and one eye during an Israeli assault in 2008 when 1,400 Palestinians were reportedly killed in 22 days.

For more on this story: https://ruptly.tv/vod/20171215-045

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This level of casualties raises serious concerns as to whether the force used by Israeli forces was properly calibrated to the threat. And these events, including the loss of five irreplaceable human lives, can sadly be traced directly back to the unilateral U.S. announcement on the status of Jerusalem, which breaks international consensus and was dangerously provocative. At the same time, the High Commissioner unequivocally condemns all attacks against civilians, including the indiscriminate shelling of Israeli civilian areas by armed Palestinian groups operating out of Gaza."

UN Human Rights Agency (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville called the killing of a wheelchair-bound amputee Ibrahim Abu Thuraya a "truly shocking and wanton act", speaking from the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Tuesday.

"Given his severe disability, which must have been clearly visible to those who shot him, his killing is incomprehensible – and it is a truly shocking and wanton act," stated Colville.

OHCHR spokesperson said that response by the Israeli Security Forces, which involved firing live-ammunition, has resulted in five Palestinians being killed and hundreds more injured since the beginning of protests in the West Bank and Gaza.

According to Colville, "use of live ammunition has resulted in over 220 people being injured in Gaza, including 95 on Friday alone, in addition to tens of others who sustained injuries from tear gas or rubber bullets." He then raised the question of whether the force used by the Israeli forces was "properly calibrated to the threat."

"These events, including the loss of five irreplaceable human lives, can sadly be traced directly back to the unilateral U.S. announcement on the status of Jerusalem, which breaks international consensus and was dangerously provocative," said Colville.

The 29-year-old wheelchair-bound man with no legs was reportedly shot dead by Israeli Security Forces close to the fence between Gaza and Israel as he attended a demonstration on Friday against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Ruptly covered Thuraya’s story in 2015, when his main source of income was from car washing in order to ensure he had enough money to support his family. He lost his legs and one eye during an Israeli assault in 2008 when 1,400 Palestinians were reportedly killed in 22 days.

For more on this story: https://ruptly.tv/vod/20171215-045

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