Al Mezan Center for Human Rights reports that Israeli Occupation forces near the “access restricted area” in Gaza have conducted over thirty attacks since September of 2014 which has resulted in two deaths, thirty-six injuries, nine of which were children. This comes with increased attacks on Palestinian fishermen in Gaza waters. Notably, on March 7, 2015 Israeli boats opened fire on a Palestinian fishing boat damaging the boat’s engine and killing one member of the crew. The rest of the crew was arrested; their boat confiscated and was not returned upon the release of the remaining crew. Al Mezan contends that the killings, for which the international community stays silent, are violations of the legal obligations under international humanitarian law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.
To learn more about this topic:
- Fourth Geneva Convention
- European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine Report on Israeli Obligations in Gaza
- The Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People Conference of High Contracting Parties on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory