Geneva - As part of its ongoing genocide, which started on 7 October 2023, the Israeli army is using new disturbing techniques to intimidate, lure, and target Palestinian civilians in the central Gaza Strip’s Nuseirat refugee camp.

Testimonies from camp residents, which were provided to the Euro-Med Monitor team, confirm that the sound of women screaming and babies crying was heard late at night on both Sunday and Monday. When some of the residents went out to investigate and tried to help, they were shot at by Israeli quadcopter drones. The sounds they had heard were in fact recordings playedby the Israeli drones, with the intent of forcing the camp’s residents out into the streets, where they could be easily targeted by snipers and other weaponry.

According to the testimonies, this tactic also involved broadcasting gunshots, armed conflicts, explosions, military vehicle movements, and occasionally songs in Hebrew and Arabic in order to psychologically intimidate civilians who live amid total darkness at night and total disconnection from the external world.

A 20-year-old camp resident, who requested anonymity due to safety concerns, reported to the Euro-MedMonitor team: “We were sitting at night when we heard voices of girls and women screaming: ‘Come, help me, I am injured!’ We went out to find out what was happening. No women were found, but we were directly targeted by a quadcopter drone.”

Continued the camp resident, “I fled inside, and two people right in front of me were seriously injured. Because of the ongoing gunfire, we were unable to treat them, so we called an ambulance, and they arrived to transport them. Many residents heard these sounds and responded to provide help.”

A 60-year-old woman reported hearing loud gunfire, then hearing women’s cries of distress, informing the residents that their children were hurt and pleading for help. She went on, saying: “This sound continued for about 10 to 15 minutes, but none of us went outside because it was really late and I knew these were recordings from planes.”

This psychological intimidation coincided with the Israeli army’s brutal military assaults, which included machine gunfire from helicopters, tanks, and quadcopters, as well as artillery and airstrikes. The attacks occurred randomly, intensely, and continuously in different parts of the Nuseirat camp, resulting in numerous civilian casualties, including women and children.

The Israeli army randomly and systematically targeted anyone in the Nuseirat camp who was simply walking down the street or peering out of windows, and also targeted some civilian residents who were attempting to move between shelter centres and homes or investigate what was going on in the area. The intensity of bombing and shooting operations increases during the course of the night, directly and purposefully targeting populated residential areas, civilian targets, including schools and mosques that house displaced people, as well as the civilian populace with the intention of killing and injuring them.

Given the ongoing genocide in the Gaza Strip, Euro-Med Monitor warns of the dangers posed by the Israeli army’s immoral and inhumane tactics against the civilian population there, which are growing daily and causing severe psychological and physical harm.

According to international human rights law, the Israeli army’s extrajudicial executions and deliberate, unlawful killings of Palestinian civilians—whether through sniper shooting or direct liquidation—violate their right to life. These acts are also deemed grave violations under the Geneva Conventions, as well aswar crimes and crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. These crimes stand alone as one of the majorcomponents of Israel’s ongoing genocide against the Gaza Strip’s residents.

According to the Rome Statute, the Israeli army committed war crimes and crimes against humanity when it attacked and bombed defenseless buildings and residential areas. It also purposefully directed military attacks against civilian sites and their infrastructure, causing extensive and long-lasting damage to them. All of these actions demand immediate international accountability. This is corroborated by a statement released by United Nations experts yesterday, in which they stated that “[S]uch a reparative approach starts with Israel, the occupying power, which has destroyed Gaza, as well as the countries that supplied military, material and political support for the war and the occupation, all of whom bear both legal and moral responsibility.”