GENEVA / GAZA VIOLENCE REAX

15-May-2018 00:03:21
Israel should mount an independent investigation into continuing violence in Gaza that resulted in the killing of 58 Palestinians by its security forces on Monday, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said today in Geneva. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / GAZA VIOLENCE REAX
TRT: 3:21
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 MAY 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, exterior shot, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, United Nations press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Latterly we only seem to be seeing investigations carried out when there’s a very clear bit of video evidence becoming public through witnesses and bystanders and so-on. And the official statements simply say this is all Hamas’s fault and just so, and just ignore the fact that the children are being killed, women are being killed, unarmed protesters are being killed in large numbers. So, I think with the State of Israel it’s very important for credible investigations into these very serious, very serious events and very possibly, very serious crimes as well.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“It seems anyone is liable to be shot dead or injured: women, children, press personnel, first-responders, bystanders and at almost any point up to 700 metres from the fence.”
6. Close up shot, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Israel has a right to defend its borders. Yes, but it has to defend them according to international law and principles. I think we’ve been very clear. The use of lethal force must only be a last resort and you just have to look at the casualty figures on both sides to see that it’s not being used as a last resort. Huge casualties on the Palestinian side and I believe one injury maybe to an Israeli soldier through a stone-throwing. So they are under obligation under international law to handle these demonstrations in a way that preserves life, unless they own lives are very clearly directly threatened, which has not been the case.”
8. Med shot, journalist
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Deputy Spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Medical facilities in Gaza are struggling to deal with the number of casualties and the humanitarian coordinator there, Jamie McGoldrick, has expressed his deep concern by the tragedy unfolding in Gaza after visiting the Shifa Hospital. Mr. McGoldrick said that the medical teams at Shifa are overwhelmed, dealing with hundreds of cases of injured, including women and children, they are stretched to the limit and running out of essential medical supplies. He stressed that public hospitals in Gaza have less than a week of fuel reserves to continue their operations.”
10. Close-up shot, journalist
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jens Laerke, Deputy Spokesperson for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“It has been closed indefinitely following extensive damage to the Gaza side of this crossing by Palestinians on 11 May. However, Israeli authorities have indicated that this crossing will be opened for, quote, unquote, select humanitarian needs on a case-by-case basis and the day before yesterday they allowed seven trucks to enter Gaza and I understand that six of those trucks were carrying medical supplies.”
12. Wide shot, journalists.
13. Med shot, journalists.
14. Med shot, journalist
STORYLINE
Israel should mount an independent investigation into continuing violence in Gaza that resulted in the killing of 58 Palestinians by its security forces on Monday, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said today in Geneva.

In addition to those who lost their lives at the start of the week in demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border, almost 1,360 demonstrators were reportedly injured by live ammunition fired by Israeli soldiers, OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville said on Tuesday.

More than 150 people are in a critical condition, Colville told reporters in Geneva, adding that six children and a health worker were among the dead.

The rules on the use of force under international law “appear to have been ignored again and again”, Colville said: “It seems anyone is liable to be shot dead or injured: women, children, press personnel, first-responders, bystanders and at almost any point up to 700 metres from the fence.”

Ten journalists had also suffered gunshot injuries by the end of the day, Mr Colville said, making it the highest death toll suffered by Palestinians in a single day since March 30, when Hamas-led demonstrations began against Israel’s occupation of Gaza.

A reported 35,000 people took part in Monday’s demonstrations, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

During the protests some Palestinian demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers, according to OHCHR’s Colville, who added that others had flown kites laden with “petrol-soaked material” over the fence that separates the two communities.

The response from the Israeli side – with tear gas, plastic bullets and live ammunition - had caused “horrific wounds and lifelong disability”, Colville said, before calling for “credible investigations” by Israel.

Asked whether international rules of war had been breached, Colville said:
“Israel has a right to defend its borders. Yes, but it has to defend them according to international law and principles. I think we’ve been very clear. The use of lethal force must only be a last resort and you just have to look at the casualty figures on both sides to see that it’s not being used as a last resort. Huge casualties on the Palestinian side and I believe one injury maybe to an Israeli soldier through a stone-throwing. So they are under obligation under international law to handle these demonstrations in a way that preserves life, unless they own lives are very clearly directly threatened, which has not been the case.”

Inside Gaza, medical facilities are reportedly running out of supplies to cope with the wounded, according to OCHA Deputy Spokesperson Jens Laerke: “Medical facilities in Gaza are struggling to deal with the number of casualties and the humanitarian coordinator there, Jamie McGoldrick, has expressed his deep concern by the tragedy unfolding in Gaza after visiting the Shifa Hospital. Mr. McGoldrick said that the medical teams at Shifa are overwhelmed, dealing with hundreds of cases of injured, including women and children, they are stretched to the limit and running out of essential medical supplies. He stressed that public hospitals in Gaza have less than a week of fuel reserves to continue their operations.”

According to the World Health Organization, WHO, two in every five essential medicines are “depleted” in Gaza, amid stop-start deliveries of humanitarian supplies.

Laerke explained that the main supply point for Gaza, Kerem Shalom, had closed after being damaged by Palestinians, although an aid convoy had been allowed in by Israelis in recent days.

He said “it has been closed indefinitely following extensive damage to the Gaza side of this crossing by Palestinians on 11 May. However, Israeli authorities have indicated that this crossing will be opened for, ‘select humanitarian needs’ on a case-by-case basis and the day before yesterday they allowed seven trucks to enter Gaza and I understand that six of those trucks were carrying medical supplies.”
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