Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Palestinian protester shot by IDF in Gaza dies of wounds

Palestinian protester shot by IDF in Gaza dies of wounds

The incident took place during protests along the Gaza border sparked by US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which infuriated Palestinians and led to clashes.

A member of the military wing of Hamas was killed in the attack, Muhammad Hajila, sources in Gaza said, adding that he had been near the Palestinian machine gun positions that had shot at the aircraft.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Gaza has been under an Israeli blockade for more than 10 years, while its border with Egypt has also been largely closed in recent years.

They burned tires to create a shield of a black foggy smoke. they also burned Israeli flags and raised Palestinian ones.

The media is painting Israel as being overly aggressive and in some cases, flat out murderous, with the "protestors" who want to breach the border fence and return to lands they claim were once theirs.

Israeli troops shot and wounded 30 Palestinians during a large protest on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday in which demonstrators hurled stones and burning tyres near the frontier fence, Palestinian medics said. The protests are part of the planned six-week "March of Return" which will end in mid-May with the anniversary of Israel's founding, which the Arab world calls the Nakba, or catastrophe.

According to the Gaza health ministry, since the start of the protests, over 30 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,300 got wounds.

The protests since March 30 have posed a challenge to Israel, which has dismissed criticism of its use of live fire, saying its rules of engagement are necessary and will not change.

Islamists Hamas have controlled Gaza since 2007 and have fought three wars with Israel since. "Your country would do the same", an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman said on Twitter.

Israel said the air raid was in response to gunfire at an Israeli warplane carrying out earlier strikes, which followed a bomb blast at Israel's border fence on Wednesday.

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