Israeli Troops Summarily Killed Palestinians, Says UN Rights Office

Thu Dec 21 2023
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RAMALLAH: The United Nations human rights office has said it received reports that Israeli troops summarily killed at least 11 unarmed Palestinians in Gaza.

According to the office in the West Bank city of Ramallah the killings were allegedly carried out in the Rimal neighborhood of Gaza City this week.

It said the Palestine men were killed in front of their family members raising alarm about the possible commission of a war crime.

The report said troops also asked women and children to go into a room and then either shot them or threw a grenade into the room, reportedly seriously wounding some of them, including an infant and a child.

Israeli troops have previously been accused of intentionally targeting and killing civilians, according to the office.

Israel kills at least 20,000 Palestinians in Gaza

According to Gaza health ministry at least 20,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed in unrelenting Israeli bombardments since October 7. The casualties include 8,000 children and 6,200 women, underscoring the devastating toll on the civilian population.

The UN has said that some 1.87 million Palestinians, over 80 percent of Gaza’s population, have left their homes because of the Israeli bombardment of the besieged enclave.

The Israeli raids have almost destroyed entire neighborhoods in northern Gaza. Israeli ground troops have been facing heavy resistance from Hamas fighters in the area.

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