Israeli Forces Kill 16 Unarmed Palestinians In Gaza Border Protest
01 April, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
Palestinian demonstrators run for cover during clashes with Israeli forces in occupied West Bank city of Hebron as a general strike is called for by local leaders in solidarity with Gaza. The black smoke of tires burned by young Palestinians, to avoid being white of soldiers, was repeated in Palestinian cities of West Bank like Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus or Jericho.
Israel's military on Saturday defended soldiers who fired on Gazan protesters and said it was ready to respond with force again as demonstrations continued, raising prospects of a fresh conflict with Islamist movement Hamas. The military said some had shot at them, rolled burning tyres and hurled rocks and fire bombs towards troops across the border.
WAFA correspondent said Israeli soldiers, stationed at borderline watchtowers, opened fire at protesters to the east of Khan Younes, injuring three of them with live shots in their feet.
Later, Israel's army released the names of 10 Palestinians killed it said were affiliated with militant groups. The video does not show what he did before running away.
One of the dead was aged 16 and at least 400 people were wounded by live gunfire, while others were struck by rubber bullets or treated for tear gas inhalation, Gaza health officials said. No casualties were reported among Israelis.
In a written statement before the meeting, Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, blamed the bloodshed on Hamas - the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian territory.
Meanwhile, Egypt's foreign ministry condemned on Friday night the use of "excessive violence" by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian protesters gathered at the Gaza border with Israel on Friday to commemorate Land Day.
Manelis said that most killed in Gaza were known as "terror activists", known to Israel by name and affiliation.
The upcoming embassy move has added to tensions surrounding the march.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians marched to Gaza's border with Israel on Friday in the largest such demonstration in recent memory, calling for Palestinians to be allowed to return to land that their ancestors fled from in Israel's 1948 War of Independence.
Relatives of Palestinian Hamdan Abu Amshah, who was killed along Israel border with Gaza, mourn during his funeral in Beit Hanoun town, in the northern Gaza Strip March 31, 2018.
The march kicks off up to six weeks of protests dubbed "The Great March of Return" in the run-up to the inauguration of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem around May 14.
May 14 will also mark 70 years since the creation of Israel, while Palestinians will mark what they call the Nakba, or "catastrophe", the following day.
Following the 1948-49 war, only about 200,000 of the 1.2 million Palestinians remained in the parts of Palestine that had become Israel.
"The US provided a cover for Israel to continue its aggression on the Palestinian people and encourage it to defy global legitimacy resolutions that aim at ending the occupation", said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesperson of the Palestinian President said.
In the aftermath of the protests, leaders across several countries denounced Israel's actions. Gen. Ronen Manelis said in a statement.
Both the Palestinian Authority and Turkey have accused Israel of using disproportionate force against Palestinian protesters.
Its forces have made clear that anyone approaching, or trying to cross the border will risk their life, but on the other, if the use of force leads to deaths and many injuries, there is an awareness that that could inflame an already combustible situation.
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