Seven Palestinians killed by Israeli troops as Gaza bloodshed worsens

Howard TerryApr 08, 2018

They called it "deliberate crimes committed by the Israeli army".

Hamas leaders billed the final protest, set for May 15, as the "Great March of Return" of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, implying they would try to enter Israel.

An injured Palestinian protester is carried by fellow demonstrators during a protest east of Khan Yunis in Gaza.

"Civilians must be able to exercise their right to demonstrate peacefully". In a series of protest encampments, families fly kites and food trucks are parked to support the demonstration. Daniel said he heard gunfire and saw tear gas in the area immediately next to the border. Some threw rocks at the soldiers.

Protesters also set alight tyres to create a smoke screen from sniper fire, but it didn't work.

Palestinian activists have dubbed today's rallies "the Friday of Rubber Tires", with protesters setting hundreds of auto tires alight along the eastern border.

Palestinian officials identified those killed as Osama Qdeih, 38, Majdi Ramadan Shbat, Hussein Madi, 16, Ibrahim Al-Ourr, 20, Sidqi Abu Outewi, Mohammed Hajj Saleh, 33, and Alaa al-Zamali, 17.

Photos showed him lying wounded on a stretcher wearing a navy-blue protective vest marked "PRESS" in large black capital letters.

At least 31 Palestinians have died since the demonstrations near the heavily guarded Gaza border fence began on March 30.

Israel maintains it is simply protecting its border and its troops. "We were about 250 meters from the fence". He also called on the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations, Palestinian representatives in global bodies like European Union and Arab League to raise the issue with the worldwide community to force Israel to give up its iron response to "unarmed demonstrators".

Palestinians killed in conflict with Israeli forces are often wrapped in their national or party flags, but there was something different about Yasser Murtaja's body ahead of his Saturday burial. Refugees comprise most of the two million population of Israeli-blockaded Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas, one of two major political parties in Palestine.

Since 2005, when Israel removed 8,000 Jewish settlers living in the Gaza strip Israel has claimed it is no longer occupying Gaza. Unemployment stands at 50 percent, electricity runs for only a few hours a day and untreated sewage pollutes the coastline. The unemployment rate is at more than 40 percent.

Palestinian mourners in the Gaza Strip on Saturday were burying their dead, including a journalist, after Israeli troops killed nine during the latest border clashes in a week of bloodshed.

Meanwhile, the United Nations human rights office deplored the reported use of "excessive force" by Israeli soldiers during the March 30 protests in Gaza, where at least 16 people were killed and more than 1,000 others injured.

Murtaja's funeral was attended by Ismail Haniya, the head of Gaza's Hamas who also said Israel was deliberately targeting media covering the protests.

It urged Palestinian factions to "engage seriously to allow the Palestinian Authority to resume its full responsibilities in Gaza, which is crucial for improving the situation of the people in Gaza", adding that "The EU stands ready to continue to support this process with all the instruments at its disposal".

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