How Israeli forces killed 19 civilians in Gaza last December, video footage and eyewitness accounts have revealed.
At least 19 civilians were “killed in cold blood” by Israeli forces in Gaza, Palestine last December. Israeli soldiers are also torturing Palestinian women.
This has been confirmed by eyewitnesses and video footage of the murder. The human rights organizations are working to document the information from eyewitnesses in these incidents of capturing and shooting Palestinians. Meanwhile, Al-Jazeera has received a description of the incident and video footage from a family member regarding an incident on December 19.
One of the Palestinians killed by Israeli forces last month was Umm Odai Salem’s husband. Odai Salem told Al-Jazeera, “(Israeli troops) surrounded the entire building with tanks and bulldozers. The building was targeted for several days. He further said, “The soldiers came to our door and started shouting. My husband then told them, “We are civilians”. Still they caught my husband and took him to another building. I follow them. Begged them, “We are civilians, please release my husband.
Analysts say that the big question now is how to investigate these incidents. The reason for this, they say, is that currently none of the organizations that can investigate Israel's war crimes in Gaza are allowed to enter Gaza.
“They (Israeli soldiers) beat me and my daughter,” said the Palestinian woman who was tortured by the Israeli soldiers. Takes us to another place. Threatened with guns and knives. After forcing us to strip, we were searched. They started abusing us in bad and unspeakable language.
Umm Odai Salem said that despite their pleas, Israeli soldiers shot and killed all the men they captured. “My husband was one of the 19 people who were killed in that building,” said Salem.
In the video, several bodies are seen lying on the ground. Their backs are riddled with bullets. After shooting everyone dead, Israeli forces began shelling the building where Salem and his daughter had taken refuge. A girl from Salem said that her three-year-old sister had died due to bullet injuries.
Salem’s daughter told Al-Jazeera, “I had my three-year-old sister Nada in my arms. When the shelling started, it hit Nada.’
William Schabas is a professor of international law at Middlesex University in London. Regarding the killing and torture of Palestinians, he said, videos and descriptions of witnesses and victims of torture can be presented as evidence at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Professor William Shabas told Al-Jazeera, ‘There is no real need to prove that these people are civilians. Even the killing of soldiers and soldiers participating in the war is considered a war crime.
Muhammad Shehada of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, a Copenhagen-based human rights organization in Denmark, believes that systematic killings of Palestinians are taking place in Gaza.
Members of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor visited the scene. They are working to collect information by talking to eyewitnesses and relatives of victims of murder.
After the indiscriminate attack on Gaza on October 7, Israeli forces have been accused of capturing and killing civilians.
Analysts say that the big question now is how to investigate these incidents. The reason for this, they say, is that currently none of the organizations that can investigate Israel’s war crimes in Gaza are allowed to enter Gaza.
Allegations of torture, oppression and beatings at the hands of Israeli forces have emerged from the experiences of many Palestinians. Last Friday, a Palestinian named Muhammad Abu Samra was released from Israeli captivity. He also complained of torture and beating.
A United Nations human rights official said last Friday that many of those captured by Israeli forces from the Gaza Strip are being held in unknown locations for weeks. These Palestinians are being tortured by Israeli forces.
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