Sep 19, 2019 12:09 UTC
  • Amnesty slams Zionist entity’s killing of Palestinian woman

Amnesty International slams the fatal shooting of a Palestinian woman by the Zionist regime forces, saying she “did not pose any immediate danger” to the regime’s forces and that her death underscores the need for international justice.

According to reports, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for West Asia and North Africa Saleh Higazi said on Wednesday that the video of the incident shows the Palestinian woman standing some distance away from Israeli soldiers when she was martyred at Qalandiya checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and al-Quds.

“She did not appear to be carrying a firearm and did not pose any immediate threat to the guards or to the lives of people in the vicinity when they opened fire. This strongly suggests that her killing may have been unlawful,” Higazi said.

“Under international law, lethal force must only be used when strictly unavoidable and in order to defend people from imminent risk of death or serious injury,” he added.

The martyred Palestinian woman was identified as Ala’ Nafeth Wahdan, 28, from Qalandiya refugee camp.

Witnesses said she was left bleeding at the side of the road for “a long time” before being transported to a hospital in al-Quds, where she was pronounced dead.

Higazi said the killing is “an urgent reminder of the need for international justice to start charting the way towards an end to Israel’s institutionalized and systematic violations of Palestinian human rights.”

He also slammed Israeli forces for violating human rights and committing unlawful killings.