6 October 1992 (A/47/507, S/24630)

Letter from Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the Security Council: (Occupied Palestinian Territory) 

I am instructed by the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which retains the powers and responsibilities of the Provisional Government of Palestine, to bring the following to your immediate attention.

Today, the occupying Israeli forces indiscriminately fired upon Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in several locations. In Rafah, at approximately 9 AM local time, the Israeli forces raided the office of the ICRC, where a number of Palestinians had been previously assembled in solidarity with the ongoing prisoners' strike. Several thousand, of the estimated 12,500 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli detention centers and prisons, have been waging a hunger strike since 27 September 1992 to protest against the deteriorating conditions of detention imposed upon them by the Israeli authorities.

The Israeli forces also attacked other Palestinian gatherings in the same town of Rafah, which resulted in the shooting of 63 people in addition to 45 other casualties by other means, including gas bombs. Similar criminal acts were committed in the city of Gaza, resulting in 26 casualties, as well as in Al-Maghazi and Deir Al-Balah refugee camps and in the city of Hebron.

We expect immediate action by the Secretary-General and the Security Council to put an end to such breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 committed by the Israeli authorities and to put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian prisoners.