Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Gaza ministry says gunfire at protest wounds 122

Gaza ministry says gunfire at protest wounds 122

So far, around 35 Palestinians have been killed during the protests.

Fierce clashes have erupted again on the Gaza-Israel border, with Palestinian officials reporting hundreds of people injured. Since there is no justification in murdering unarmed civilians, particularly since the Israeli forces have many means at their disposal in order to respond to non-violent disruptions, the message is clear: Palestinians have no rights that the Israeli establishment is bound to respect.

On Friday, rioters waved Palestinian flags and burnt hundreds of tires and Israeli flags near the border fence after Friday prayers.

Ahmed Abu Ratima, a spokesman for the "Great March of Return", which began on March 30th and will reach its peak on May 15th, said the Palestinian public in the Gaza Strip is preparing for a third protest, titled, "Raising the Palestinian flag and burning the flag of the occupation".

Salsabil, who is originally a refugee from Jaffa city in Israel, said peaceful demonstrations require the participation of all segments of society.

Smaller numbers approached the fence, throwing stones and rolling burning tyres toward soldiers taking up positions on the other side.

If the worldwide community does not pressure Israel to stop firing at protesters, B'Tselem warned, "it will pull the rug out from under the global effort to protect human rights in the post-WWII era".

The marches are organized by Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas, but turnout is also being driven by desperation among the territory's 2 million residents.

In all, 34 Palestinians were killed in the past two weeks, 27 during protests.

Israeli forces fire live ammunition, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesting Palestinians. The Israeli authorities have stated that numerous fatalities were members of Hamas and other armed groups, and accused the MoH of inflating the number of wounded by live ammunition.

However, the number of protesters - about 10,000 - was significantly lower than the two previous Fridays.

Some 350 Gazans were treated for injuries, including 59 from live fire, Palestinian authorities said.

He said, "Everyone's connected to Hamas, everyone gets a salary from Hamas, and all the activists trying to challenge us and breach the border are Hamas military wing activists".

Mohammed Hamada Hijila, 36, was killed in an airstrike in East of Shujaya, and Abdullah Al-Shehri, 28 years old, was killed by Israeli sniper fire at the eastern border.

Outside, at the entrance to the area, a large Israeli flag had been placed on the ground for people to walk over.

The group has been criticised in Israel for publishing often anonymous testimony by current or former Israeli soldiers who have misgivings about their military service and treatment of Palestinians.

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