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Press Statement on Gaza: Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council

Statement of the Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967(*)

Geneva, 23 July 2014

Two people visiting patients at Al Aqsa Hospital killed by Monday's Israeli strike

Two people visiting patients at Al Aqsa Hospital killed by Monday’s Israeli strike

Human Rights Council 21st Special Session:
Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

The Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council has asked me to deliver this statement on its behalf. I fully associate my mandate to it in my capacity as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.

We express our dismay at the deaths, injuries, displacement, and devastation, resulting from renewed hostilities among Israel, Hamas and Palestinian armed groups in the occupied Gaza Strip.

As of 22 July, figures of casualties recorded by the United Nations reveal the extent of the suffering: 599 Palestinians were killed (including at least 443 civilians, among them 147 children and 74 women). An estimated 3,504 others were injured, two thirds of them women and children. During the same period, thousands of rocket and mortar fire directed at Israeli towns and villages killed two civilians, injured at least 15, and spread considerable fear among people in the affected areas. Armed confrontations in Gaza further resulted in the death of 27 Israeli soldiers. Read more »