JOHN M COX coxj at SPAMemail.unc.edu
Thu Nov 16 03:33:52 MST 2000

From: "Lawsociety" <law at lawsociety.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000 22:21:03 +0200


 NOVEMBER, 15, 2000 10:00 PM GMT+2

 This afternoon four more Palestinians were killed by the Israeli security
forces in different towns of the West Bank. This raises the number of
Palestinians killed today in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to eight.
Among those killed, 3 were under the age of 18 and 2
just 18. Moreover, according to information gathered by LAW, 10 Palestinians
were injured, among them an expectant mother.

 Ahmad Sha'ban (20), from Al Jalama village near Jenin, was fatally hit by
live ammunition, which reportedly penetrated his abdomen and exited his
back. Sha'ban was brought to Jenin hospital where he underwent medical
surgery but his life could not be saved.

In clashes at the entrance of Asamou' village near Hebron, Munaya' Abu Al
Kabash (16) was killed and Karim Abu Awwad (17) was seriously injured. Al
Kabash was shot in the abdomen. Abu Awwad was hit in his left shoulder and
sustained serious injuries in the main artery of his arm; he is currently
receiving treatment at Al Makassed hospital in
Jerusalem. Both youths were allegedly hit by bullets, which exploded inside
their bodies.

20-year-old Abed Al Hafeth, from Jericho, was killed by live ammunition at
the southern entrance of the city.

In Qalqilya, 15-year-old Ibrahim Jua'di was killed during clashes with the
Israeli security forces. Jua'di was hit in the chest by live ammunition.
According to officials of the local UNRWA clinic, he was also hit by a
dum-dum bullet, which penetrated his left kidney.

Ni'meh Janem (22), a nine months pregnant woman from Fahah in the Gaza
Strip, was injured by live ammunition in her left thigh. The young woman was
not involved in any sort of violence. She was standing at a distance of 2
kilometres from the Rafah border fence where clashes between Palestinian
demonstrators and Israeli security forces were
taking place. Janem was transferred to Abu Yusef Al Najar hospital for

 LAW condemns the consistent use of excessive and disproportionate force by
Israel, which is causing a large number of casualties among Palestinian
civilians, the vast majority of whom is unarmed.

LAW urges the Israeli government to comply with its obligations under the
Fourth Geneva Convention to protect the civilian population of the occupied
territory and to guarantee their physical integrity and safety. In this
regard it must be noted that expectant mothers are an especially vulnerable
group, who even require a higher degree of protection.

 LAW - The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the
Environment is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to preserving human
rights through legal advocacy. LAW is affiliate to the International
Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Fédération
Internationale des Ligues de Droits de l'Homme (FIDH), World Organisation
Torture (OMCT) and Member of the Euro- Mediterranean Human Rights Network.

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