Amnesty International: Shocking increase in Israel's use of lethal force in the West Bank

Amnesty International accused Israel of carrying out large-scale violence and unlawful killings against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

The organization said Israel – which has focused the world's attention on Gaza over the past four months – used unnecessary or disproportionate lethal force during protests, raids and arrests, and denied medical aid to the injured.

The organization investigated 4 major cases in which Israeli forces used unlawful lethal force, 3 of which occurred in October and 1 in November, resulting in the unlawful killing of 20 Palestinians, including 7 children.

Researchers at the organization conducted remote interviews with 12 people, 10 of whom were eyewitnesses, including paramedics and local residents. The organization's Crisis Evidence Lab investigated these 4 incidents and verified 19 videos and 4 photographs.

Amnesty International research also found that Israeli forces hindered the provision of medical aid to people with life-threatening injuries, and attacked those who attempted to help injured Palestinians, including doctors.

Erica Guevara Rosas, the organization's research director, said the Israeli military “under the guise of relentless bombardment and horrific crimes in Gaza, has used unlawful lethal force against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, carried out unlawful killings and shown appalling disregard for Palestinian life.” demonstrated.” ,

He said these unlawful killings are a gross violation of international human rights law, and commit to impunity in the context of perpetuating Israel's institutional system of systematic oppression and domination against Palestinians.

At least 507 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in 2023, including at least 81 children, making it the worst for Palestinians since the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs began recording casualties in 2005. Became the deadliest year.

299 Palestinians were killed between October 7 and December 31, 2023, representing a 50% increase compared to the first nine months of the year. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, at least 61 more Palestinians, including 13 children, were killed in 2024 through January 29.

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