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Israel's Gaza response disproportionate: UN rights chief

IANS  |  Geneva 

UN on Friday said that used "wholly disproportionate" force against Palestinian border protests which left over 100 people dead.

Al Hussein told a meeting in that Gazans were effectively "caged in a toxic slum" and Gaza's occupation by had to end, the reported.

He told the emergency session on that the "stark contrast in casualties on both sides was ... suggestive of a wholly disproportionate response" by The UN meeting was considering calling for an independent investigation.

Israel's said Gaza's militant Islamist rulers had deliberately put people in harm's way.

Over 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces on Monday in the seventh consecutive week of border protests, largely orchestrated by Hamas, which politically controls the Strip. They were also protesting the opening in

"An Israeli soldier was 'reportedly wounded, slightly, by a stone' on Monday, Al Hussein said, while 43 Palestinians were killed at the site of the protests. Seventeen more Palestinians were killed away from what he called the "hot spots".

He said there had been "little evidence of any (Israeli) attempt to minimise casualties". Israel's actions might, he said, "constitute 'wilful killings' -- a grave breach of the Fourth Convention", an international law designed to protect civilians under occupation.

Al Hussein said he supported a call for an "international, independent and impartial" investigation into the violence in Gaza, adding that "those responsible for violations must in the end be held accountable".

However, Israel's rejected the blame, saying Israel had done everything possible to avoid harming civilians.

She said the had returned to its "worst form of anti-Israel obsession".

"This special session, the resolution before you, and its call for a commission of inquiry are yet again politically motivated and won't change the situation on the ground by even one iota," Shechter said.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have held weekly protests at the border in the lead-up to the May amid the creation of Israel in 1948.

While most Palestinians have demonstrated at a distance from the heavily guarded fence, Israel said its soldiers only used lethal force against people carrying out "terrorist activity and not on demonstrators".

Meanwhile, UN special rapporteur on Palestine said that the deliberate killing of the Palestinians by Israeli forces "constituted a war crime", in a session that opened with a demand that the occupation end.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 18:02 IST
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