By Middle East Affairs
The military wing of Hamas released photos Friday of Israeli troops at the Gaza-Israel border, which was meant to prove their lethal capability yet intention to remain peaceful.
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades published pictures of Israeli occupation soldiers who sniped a number of protesters Friday during the “Great March of Return” and who, judging from surveillance footage, deliberately killed them.
Israeli troops shot and killed eight Palestinian protesters on Friday afternoon and 17 protesters the week before. The troops have been given the order to prioritize that no one crosses the border into Israel, leading them to shoot unarmed demonstrators.
Israeli anti-occupation and human rights group B’Tselem called Wednesday for troops to refuse orders to shoot unarmed Palestinian protesters.
“The military prepared for these demonstrations, yet instead of attempting to minimize the number of casualties, officials made it clear in advance that soldiers would fire live ammunition on protesters who are hundreds of meters away from the fence,” the statement said.
B’Tselem called those orders unlawful.
“Compliance with unlawful orders is a criminal offense,” the organization said. “Therefore, if soldiers on the ground receive orders to fire live ammunition at unarmed civilians, they are duty-bound to refuse to obey them.”
Israel is facing global criticism for its strategy against the protesters, and the United Nations on is calling for a transparent investigation into the deaths of Palestinian protesters.