Gaza protesters torch tires along border, draw Israeli fire

09 April, 2018, 00:56 | Author: Diane Mills

He further told the demonstrators that "the killing and wounding of yet more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza is an outrage", underlining that "firing live ammunition into crowds of unarmed civilians is illegal and inhumane and can not be tolerated".

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Throssell said in a news conference that Israeli forces were required under global human rights law to use non-violent means "to the extent possible".

The Israel Defense Forces are ordered to keep protesters more than 100 meters from the fence between the two territories and have permission to fire on those who come too close.

The death toll in a week of Palestinian protests along the dividing fence between Israel and Gaza rose to 22 today, as a 30-year-old man died from his injuries and health authorities prepared for more casualties in demonstrations dubbed the "Friday of Tires". Gaza's 2 million residents obtain just a few hours of electrical energy every day, faucet water is undrinkable and the shoreline has been polluted by tons of untreated sewage.

The Israeli military said that "three suspects crossed into Israel in the northern Gaza border area and returned to Gaza".

Israeli snipers have also been instructed to shoot Palestinians approaching the Gaza fence, according to the report.

Hamas has refused to give up its weapons - even at the cost of derailing talks on getting Abbas to assume the burden of governing Gaza, seen by Israel and Egypt as a prerequisite for opening Gaza's borders.

Witnesses described the area in which Murtaja and others were shot as a chaotic scene in which protesters torched large piles of tires, engulfing the area in black smoke that was meant to shield them from Israeli snipers.

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The demonstrators have revived a long-standing demand for the right of return of Palestinian refugees to towns and villages that their families fled from, or were driven out of, when the state of Israel was created.

In total 32 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces.

Israel said there were also attempts to break through the barrier.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society, which has established five advanced medical posts near various protest sites, also warned of a shortage of medical supplies and of personal protective equipment for their 400-person team.

Three other journalists sustained tear gas injuries and at least one cameraman a gunshot in his leg, health ministry and media activists reported.

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.

Abbas told the Egyptian intelligence this week that he would not waste any more time negotiating a deal with Hamas and that he would only assume responsibility for Gaza if Hamas hands over all powers, including control over the security apparatus, according to two Palestinian officials.

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