Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Gaza officials: 2 Palestinians killed in border protest

Gaza officials: 2 Palestinians killed in border protest

On Thursday evening, the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said in an official statement that since the start of rallies and protests on March 30, the Israeli army killed 152 Palestinians and wounded more than 16,000 others in eastern Gaza Strip.

Three Palestinians were killed and almost 200 injured, including 11 children and seven women, were injured Friday by Israeli fire at a protest on Gaza border.

Israel has been developing settlements in the occupied West Bank despite worldwide condemnation.

Israeli media reports said the assailant was shot by a fellow resident of the Adam settlement, which lies between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah. Israelis have faced a wave of Palestinian attacks, mostly stabbings, on civilians and soldiers over the past two years but these types of assaults have declined recently.

Earlier in the day, Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which rules Gaza, promised revenge after Israeli strikes on the coastal enclave killed three of its members. Another soldier was wounded by Palestinian fire on Wednesday. Its spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, said it was a "heroic and courageous operation that came in response to the daily, ugly crimes conducted by the Israeli occupation against our people".

An internal investigation by the Israeli military into the killing of at least 140 Palestinians in Gaza during the Great March of Return is set to conclude all died as a result of "operational mishaps" and that "weapons fire was carried out in accordance with open-fire orders".

The flare-up came five days after the United Nations and Egypt brokered a deal to halt a July 20 surge in violence that claimed the lives of four Palestinians and an Israeli soldier - the first killed in the area since the last war in Gaza in 2014.

Observers in the Gaza Strip said that Friday's rallies and protests may escalate tension between Israel and Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, amid a fragile Egyptian and worldwide brokered ceasefire deal reached last week between the two sides.

It follows a stabbing attack by a Palestinian.

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