Funeral Held For Journalist Shot During Protest at Gaza Border

09 April, 2018, 04:36 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • 7 dead over 1000 wounded as Gaza protests wind down

Drawing global criticism for its use of live fire, Israel said it is doing what is necessary to stop violent protesters from damaging or breaching its fence with the blockaded enclave.

Sources in Gaza have confirmed that journalist Yaser Murtaja has died after being shot in the abdomen by an Israeli sniper while covering the protests.

An AFP picture taken after he was wounded showed Murtaja wearing a press vest as he received treatment. Hamas officials said fear of smoke inhalation from the tires may have kept crowds small.

The European Union and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have called for an independent investigation into Israel's use of force, which Israel has repeatedly rejected. The IDF does not deliberately target journalists. "If the world fails to do so, then we'll be obliged to use our arms".

Israel has threatened to strike Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip, if "March of Return" rallies near the fence separating the blockaded enclave and the occupied territories continue.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights stated its "grave concern" for further violence ahead of Friday's demonstrations. The military also said explosive deviceswere thrown.

They added that "several attempts have been made to damage and cross the security fence under the cover of the smokescreen".

Palestinian news agency Maan said that an Israeli tank fired twice towards the Strip, however the Israeli military said it only used small arms fire. "We're trying to send a message: You can demonstrate as much as you want but you can't touch the fence".


Prior to Friday's protest, the U.S. State Department issued a statement on the Gaza protests in the name of Jason Greenblatt, the Trump administration's special representative for worldwide negotiations.

Qassem also accused the USA of "encouraging the occupation to continue with its crimes".

The deadly attack was part of a surge of Palestinian attacks in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in last December.

Why does Hamas want an uprising?

Meanwhile, at the United Nations, for the second week in a row, the USA vetoed a U.N. Security Council (UNSC) resolution calling for an independent inquiry into the killing of Palestinians in Gaza by the IDF.

A post on the official IDF Twitter account said it had been "protecting Israeli civilians whose homes are just minutes from the Gaza border".

According to the ministry, Israel is still holding the bodies of two martyred Palestinians since last week.

Israeli forces have shot dead seven Palestinians and wounded more than 1,000 as tens of thousands participated in a mass demonstration demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

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