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Over 100 Palestinians killed in occupied West Bank, besieged Gaza Strip since January: Rights group

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Family and friends carry the coffin of veteran Palestinian reporter Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, next to Israeli forces, during her funeral in al-Quds, on May 13, 2022. (Photo by Reuters)

A Palestinian human rights group says Israeli military forces have killed more than one hundred Palestinians, and wounded hundreds more during raids and various acts of aggression in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip since the beginning of this year.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR ) said in a report that 112 Palestinians, including 81 civilians, have lost their lives as a result of repeated Israeli assaults.

It added that among the victims were 32 people who were killed in the recent Israeli military onslaught on the Gaza Strip last month, and they included eight children and three women.

The PCHR reported that 1,277 civilians, including 195 children, 39 women and 22 journalists, were also injured in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the mentioned period, adding that three Palestinians, including a woman, lost their lives in Israeli prisons as well.

The Palestinian rights group went on to note that Israeli forces have made 648 Palestinians, including 123 women and 300 children, homeless as a result of destruction of 113 homes and 41 residential structures since the beginning of the year.

It added that Israeli officials have bulldozed large areas of land in Palestinian territories, and delivered dozens of demolition orders and eviction notices to Palestinian families.

Israeli military forces have also carried out 185 raids across the West Bank, including in the occupied holy city of al-Quds, violently ransacked homes and residential facilities and set up checkpoints, according to the report.

The PCHR noted that 73 Palestinians, including 8 children, were arrested as a result of the operation.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights denounced the Israeli acts of aggression as war crimes under Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which stipulates that “extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly” is a “grave breach” of the convention.

The center called on the international community “to immediately take an action to stop the crimes of the occupying Israeli regime, and to stop double standards as regards observation of international law.”

It urged the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Ahmad Khan to “work seriously as regards the Palestinian issue, similar to his quick intervention in the case of Ukraine crisis.”

On Thursday, Israeli forces killed two Palestinian men during two separate raids in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry and the official Wafa news agency.

The men were identified as Samer Khaled, 25, from al-Ain refugee camp in Nablus, and Yazan Affaneh, 26, from Umm al-Sharayet neighborhood south of Ramallah.

Khaled was killed after confrontations broke out with Israeli troops during its raid on the Balata refugee camp in Nablus.

Israeli soldiers killed Affaneh about an hour later, during skirmishes that erupted following a raid on Umm al-Sharayet.

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