Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Funeral Held For Journalist Shot During Protest at Gaza Border

Funeral Held For Journalist Shot During Protest at Gaza Border

Meanwhile, demonstrations continued throughout the day as hundreds of Palestinians set tires ablaze along the Gaza-Israel border fence in order to confuse Israeli Army snipers and impede visibility. The wounded Palestinian was taken to hospital in serious condition.

Also among the dead was 15-year-old Hussein Mohammed Madi from Gaza City.

According to the Palestinian health ministry, about 491 people were injured during the protests.

The group has said it will pay $3,000 (£2,140) to the family of anyone shot dead by Israeli troops at the protests.

Drawing some worldwide 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 coastal enclave. Several terror attacks have also been attempted since the protests began.

Palestinians have marched to the fence as part of a six-week protest, dubbed "The Great March of Return", demanding the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.

On March 30, Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians as a protest by tens of thousands led to clashes.

"The majority of the people of the Gaza Strip are stateless refugees, subject to a decade-long blockade and the denial of basic human and political rights, " Corbyn added.

He referred to the protest's call for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to the land they fled or were expelled from what is now Israel. He said the demonstrations would continue, telling the crowds: "We will uproot the borders, we will pluck out their hearts, and we will pray in Jerusalem".

Israel's military said, "attempts were made to infiltrate into Israel under the cover of a smoke screen".

Israel says it is doing what it must to defend its border and that its troops have been responding with riot dispersal means and fire "in accordance with the rules of engagement".

The European Union and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have called for an independent investigation, which Israel has rejected.

Ashraf Abu Amra and Hosam Salem both said he was a couple of hundred metres from the border when he was shot.

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.

If it fails to do so, the Security Council would become helpless and lose credibility, the ministry said in a statement.

Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters at UN headquarters in NY that the United States rejection is very irresponsible.

Israel accuses Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip and with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of using the protests as cover to carry out violence.

Israel's response to the protests has drawn worldwide criticism, with human rights groups saying it involved live fire against demonstrators posing no immediate threat to life. "We are saying that Israel has obligations to ensure that excessive force is not employed".

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