UPDATE: Extra-judicial Executions in Jenin refugee camp; bodies seen
in the rubble.
April 10, 2002
LAW--The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights
and The Environment
Reports from witnesses in Jenin refugee camp to LAW indicate that
from those Palestinian fighters resisting the Israeli military
assault on Jenin refugee camp, a number of those sought to surrender
to Israeli forces and were summarily executed. It has been difficult
to confirm exact numbers of those executed, due to the fact that
Israeli forces prevent any of the residents of the refugee camp or
any independent monitors from returning or entering the refugee
However, LAW has received the names of two of those fighters, who
were apparently executed after their surrender: Ala' Sabagh and
Reports indicate that other fighters remaining within the refugee
camp, who have stopped their resistance, and seek to surrender, are
being summarily executed.
Witnesses report that when leaving the refugee camp, they saw bodies
of residents that appeared to be run over by military bulldozers and
bodies within the rubble of homes and shelters that had been
destroyed. They expressed their fears that they did not know whether
all the bodies in the rubble were dead or injured persons.
LAW understands that the majority of the residents from the camp,
after being forcibly expelled by Israeli forces, earlier today, have
still not been allowed to return. These refugees are now currently
scattered throughout the area, surrounding the refugee camp.
Various sources from the refugee camp, estimate that at least 30
percent of the total area of the camp, including homes and shelters,
have been totally destroyed.
LAW calls for an international protection force to protect civilians
to be deployed immediately in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
and for an international investigative body to be immediately
despatched to investigate this apparent evidence of war crimes and
crimes against humanity, perpetrated by the Israeli forces,
including in Jenin refugee camp.