Gaza (QNN)- An independent UN report into the Great Return March protests along Gaza’s border fence found that Israel deliberately targeted children and journalists during the peaceful protests in Gaza, putting them in breach of international law, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) said in a report on Thursday.
“The Commission has found reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli security forces committed serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” Chairperson Santiago Canton told journalists in Geneva.
He added: “These violations clearly warrant criminal investigation and prosecution and we call on Israel to conduct meaningful investigations into these serious violations and to provide timely justice for those killed and injured.”
The UNHRC found that footage from the scene, eye witness accounts and medical records have shown that Israeli soldiers opened fire at medical workers and journalists covering the Great Return March.
Evidence also found on targeting women, disabled people, and children, who were playing football by Israeli soldiers.
“The Commission found reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli snipers shot at journalists, health workers, children and persons with disabilities, knowing they were clearly recognizable as such,” it said in a statement.
On the other hand, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Natanyahu angrily rejected the findings of the report, calling it “hostile, deceitful and biased.”