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As the Palestinian casualties continue to mount as a result of such war crimes being committed by the occupying Power, Israeli officials continue adamantly to declare and reiterate their intentions to press on with the campaign of extrajudicial killings. Indeed, while the Israeli occupying forces persist in carrying out this brutal military campaign, using all means of excessive and indiscriminate force against the Palestinian people, the situation on the ground continues to devolve rapidly and dangerously. Such a deteriorating situation will clearly bring only more suffering to the Palestinian people under Israel’s occupation, exacerbating the already deep humanitarian crisis and gravely diminishing any hopes and potential for peace efforts to succeed.
Urgent measures must be undertaken by the international community to bring an end to these Israeli crimes and violations of international law and international humanitarian law and to stem this downward spiral of developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. In this regard, the United Nations Security Council in particular, in upholding its duty to maintain international peace and security, should take action.
This letter is in follow-up to our previous 171 letters to you regarding the crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, since 28 September 2000. These letters, dated from 29 September 2000 (A/55/432-S/2000/921) to 29 August 2003 (A/ES-10/233-S/2003/848), constitute a basic record of the crimes committed by the Israeli occupying forces against the Palestinian people since September 2000. For all of these war crimes, State terrorism and systematic human rights violations committed against the Palestinian people, Israel, the occupying Power, must be held accountable and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.
Accordingly, in follow-up to the above-mentioned letters, it is my regret to inform you that, since my last letter, at least six Palestinians, including children, have been killed by the Israeli occupying forces, raising the total number of martyrs to 2,522 Palestinians. (The names of the martyrs that have been identified thus far are contained in the annex to the present letter.)
I would be grateful if you would arrange to have the text of the present letter and its annex distributed as a document of the tenth emergency special session of the General Assembly, under agenda item 5, and of the Security Council.
Saturday, 30 August 2003
1. Abdullah Ali Aqel
2. Farid Yussef Meit
3. Aya Mahmoud Fayyad (8 years old)
Monday, 1 September 2003
1. Khathir Badawi Al-Husari
2. Sana Jamil Al-Da’our (11 years old)
Tuesday, 2 September 2003
* The total number of Palestinian martyrs killed by the Israeli occupying forces since 28 September 2000 is 2,522.