On the border of the Gaza strip and Israel renewed clashes

14 April, 2018, 11:59 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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The wounded included a number of paramedics and journalists.

"The Israeli authorities must put an immediate end to the excessive and lethal force being used to suppress Palestinian demonstrations in Gaza", Amnesty International said on Friday.

The Israeli military estimates that about 10,000 Palestinians participated in the latest round of weekly protests on the Gaza-Israel border and says it's a significantly lower turnout than in previous rallies in the past two weeks. It has said some of those at the border tried to damage the fence, planted explosives or hurled firebombs.

While thousands of Palestinians gathered at the border for the third consecutive Friday as part of a six-week protest of Israel's occupation, human rights and peace advocates fiercely condemned "the unlawful shooting of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza" as ordered by top Israeli officials.

"An order to open live fire at unarmed protesters is manifestly unlawful", it said.

The marchers are protesting against the blockade of the enclave, but are also asserting what they say is a "right of return" of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to the areas occupied by Israel.

One of the protesters, Sumaya Abu Awad, attended with her three daughters and son: "I am from the village of Hiribya and it is my right to return to it", she told the news agency AFP. The action is due to continue until May 15, when the Palestinians mark the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment. The US is set to open its embassy in Jerusalem on that day.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week visited Sderot, an Israeli community near Gaza, and said Israel's top priority is its security.

Akram reported from Khuzaa, Gaza Strip.

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Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded man during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel.

The five ex-snipers in the statement were identified by name. It has said that soldiers fire live bullets as a last resort, in a "precise and measured manner". The Israeli army has already announced that it will hold its own internal investigation.

An unlikely source contradicted Lieberman.

"We want to live like everyone else in the world", said 37-year-old construction worker Omar Hamada, an unemployed father of eight.

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said Friday's events showed that Israel's attempts to "change the reality" have failed. So great has been the scale of the casualties that the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has expressed its concern. One path toward lifting the blockade would be to have Hamas' political rival, West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, take over the Gaza government, but recent Egypt-led talks on such a deal appear to have run aground. Further 13 Palestinians were injured by rubber-tipped bullets. Israel has all but admitted to denying medical treatment as a form of punishment, in a response to a court petition on behalf of the injured.

Within Israel, this onslaught has not gone unopposed.

On Friday, hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated in Amman in solidarity with Palestinians. They are determined to secure U.S. intervention against the Assad regime in Syria as part of a broader offensive against Iran.


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