Palestinians: 15-year Old Dies of Wounds Sustained in Gaza Border Protest
12 May, 2018, 23:01 | Author: Orlando Hughes
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Israeli troops fired live bullets and tear gas Friday across a border fence into Gaza where Palestinian protesters threw stones, burned tires and flew kites with burning rags attached.
The protests have regularly witnessed violence and more than 40 Palestinians have been killed, many by live fire from the Israeli side.
Pro-Israel protesters with Israeli flags held a counter-protest near the Israeli embassy, located in South Kensington.
Given the inflammatory nature of events occurring this week - namely President Donald Trump's relocation of the Tel Aviv US embassy to Jerusalem - military forces predict that protests will erupt in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Holding Palestinian flags and banners, the protesters were chanting "Free Palestine", "Freedom Now" and "End Occupation" slogans. "We are used to wars and no one with us but Allah".
There are growing concerns that if Israel and Hamas dig in, a widespread border breach in coming days could lead to large numbers of casualties.
Palestinian health officials said that earlier on Friday one man was killed by Israeli fire. Many have been shot and killed by Israeli snipers. Ten of the wounded were in serious condition, including a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head. Israel says this is vital to prevent Hamas - which has fought three rounds of conflict against Israel since seizing Gaza, firing thousands of rockets into Israel and digging dozens of attack tunnels under the border - from importing weaponry. Rights groups say the use of potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters is unlawful. The demonstrations have been organized by Gaza's Hamas rulers, but are fueled by despair among the territory's 2 million residents.
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The Israeli-annexed eastern sector of Jerusalem is sought as a future Palestinian capital - at least by those supporting Hamas' political rival, West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Palestinians are seeking the right to return to homes from which they were displaced after the 1948 founding of Israel.
Thousands of people rallied in Turkey and Jordan on Friday to protest against the decision to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and to mark the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call their "nakba", or catastrophe of Israel's founding.
It was unclear to some Gaza residents why the demonstrators chose to attack the terminal.
The incursion took place during a weekly mass protest in which thousands of Palestinians gathered along the Israel-Gaza frontier. The protests are also meant to call attention to Gaza unemployment.
Conricus said both incidents proved Israel's long-standing claim that Hamas, and other militant groups, were merely using the popular mass protests as cover for attacks against Israel.
Though they were initially planned as non-violent demonstrations, the protests were co-opted by the Hamas terror group, which rules Gaza and whose leaders have said their goal is to erase the border and "liberate Palestine".
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