Days of Palestine

Saturday, January 28

Israeli army refuses to disclose opening-fire policy on Gaza protesters

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Israeli occupation army has refused to disclose the rule of opening fire at peaceful Palestinian protesters along the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Monday.

The refusal came after a petition filed by a number of Israeli and Palestinian rights groups to the Israeli High Court of Justice requesting clarification of policies regarding the demonstrations of the Great March of Return started on 30 March in Gaza.

Responding to the petition, the Israeli army said that the policy regarding the use of force on Gaza border is “confidential.”

It insisted, according to Haaretz, that the rules of engagement in this regard could only be disclosed in a closed court session.

Rights groups, including international ones such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have repeatedly called on Israel to stop using live ammunition against the peaceful Palestinian protesters in Gaza.

Due to the Israeli disregard to human rights and rights groups regarding the continuous use of live ammunition, Amnesty International called two time for imposing arms embargo on Israel.

Since the start of the demonstrations of the Great March of Return on 30 March, the Israeli occupation forces killed 49 protesters, according to the Palestinian ministry of health in Gaza, and wounded thousands, including more than 140 suffered serious wounds.

The demonstrations are part of a six-week long march started on 30 March and will culminate on 15 May –the 70 anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, when the Zionist gangs drove hundreds of thousands of Palestinians out of their homes from historical Palestine and demolished their villages, cities and homes.

Israel, which was built on the rubble of Palestinian homes and skulls and bones of the murdered Palestinians, celebrates its establishment on the same day.