UN human rights experts on Tuesday slammed Israeli security forces for killing Palestinians near the Gaza fence by using firearms, including live ammunition.
In a statement, the experts said: "UN human rights experts have condemned the continued use of firearms, including live ammunition, by Israeli security forces against mostly unarmed Palestinian protesters and observers for a third straight week near the fence between occupied Gaza and Israel."
Among the UN experts were Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Leilani Farha, Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing; Miche Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Idriss Jazairy Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights; Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967; Nyaletsossi Clement Voule, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of assembly and association.
The UN and its independent human rights experts, along with the International Criminal Court, have expressed grave concern about the Israeli security forces' use of force, and called for an end to the violence.
"Despite Israel's commitment to investigate the events of the past few weeks, security forces continue to use live ammunition and rubber bullets against the protesters, killing and wounding dozens of mostly unarmed protesters, women, men and children alike.
"We express our outrage over these shootings that may have resulted in unlawful killings and the incomprehensibly high number of injuries sustained," the statement said.
According to the UN, at least 28 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,600 wounded by Israeli security forces during a series of demonstrations that began on March 30 and are set to continue until May 15.
The participants are protesting their forced evictions and displacement since 1948 and calling for an end to the 11-year blockade on Gaza.