The Palestinian Authority has appealed to the UN Security Council in a demand for immediate international protection for Palestinians in the Gaza border clashes. Meanwhile, the IDF warned protesters to avoid approaching the security fence “The IDF will not allow any breach of the security fence, which protects Israeli civilians,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said.
Gaza border fence Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS
The PA Ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour has appealed to the UN Security Council seeking immediate international protection for Palestinian civilians, namely those participating in the protests along the Gaza security fence, according to various reports on Tuesday. The appeal came after several days of violent clashes between Palestinian rioters and IDF forces, during which the Palestinians reported 18 dead and at least 1,500 wounded by Israeli fire.
In a letter to the UNSC on Tuesday, Mansour accused Israel of adopting a “shoot-to-kill” policy in the Gaza clashes. Mansour added that Israel was violating international law as well as its legal obligation to protect civilians. The ambassador reportedly stressed Ramallah’s support of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s call to conduct an independent investigation into the deaths.
Meanwhile, the IDF continues to warn Gaza protesters to avoid approaching the security fence.” The IDF will not allow any breach of the security fence, which protects Israeli civilians, and will continue to operate in order to prevent terrorists who are involved in these acts of terror,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a statement on Tuesday. “The IDF wishes to emphasize that approaching the security fence is a dangerous act.”
Throughout the day, dozens of Palestinians participated in violent riots in 4 main locations along the Gaza border. IDF troops used riot dispersal means, and fired towards suspects who were involved in damaging the security fence pic.twitter.com/RgtkZiBwuG
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) April 3, 2018
On Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman dismissed the calls to establish a committee to investigate the IDF’s response to Friday’s Israeli-Gaza border protests. According to the Israeli military, most of those hit by Israeli fire were Hamas terrorists.
In Gaza, the Coordinating Committee of the Great March of Return has established a special committee to collect evidence and build cases against IDF soldiers and officers who were involved in Israel’s response to Friday’s massive border protests, Hadashot news reported on Monday. The committee, which plans to accuse the Israeli servicemen of war crimes, reportedly includes several legal experts from different countries and the Palestinian Authority.