U.N. raises alarm over possible ‘summary executions’ by Israeli troops

Palestinian youths walk on the rubble of a house that was demolished by the Israeli army in the village of Silwad, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. (AP)

Israeli security forces have used excessive force and may have carried out summary executions against Palestinians amid a surge in violence since the start of October, United Nations experts said Monday.

"Cases of excessive use of force by Israeli forces against Palestinians, including some which appear to amount to summary executions, continue to be reported," said the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories, Makarim Wibisono, and the expert on summary executions, Christof Heyns.

They called for an "end to the violence by all and strict compliance with international law."

In a bid to halt a wave of knife, gun and car-ramming attacks in recent weeks, Israeli authorities have moved to expedite demolitions of suspects' homes, a controversial measure meant to act as a deterrent.

Confrontations and clashes have erupted in the past over such demolitions, but they have rarely been as deadly as Monday's at the Qalandiya refugee camp, where Israeli forces shot dead at least two Palestinians when heavy clashes erupted.

The camp, established in 1949 and which has grown into a town, is just beyond a checkpoint leading from east Jerusalem to the occupied West Bank.

"We urge the authorities to carry out independent, thorough, prompt and impartial investigations into all suspected cases of extra-judicial, arbitrary and summary executions, and to provide compensation to the victims or their families," the U.N. experts said.

According to the Israeli military, hundreds of Palestinians in Qalandiya threw rocks and firebombs at security forces, while some opened fire.

Palestinian medics identified those killed as Ahmed al-Ayesh, 28 and a father of three, and Laith Manasra, 21.


Last Update: Monday, 16 November 2015 KSA 20:40 - GMT 17:40

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