Gaza Protesters Charge Fence; 3 Killed, 100s Wounded

Glen Norman
April 30, 2018

The deaths, on Friday, came just hours after the United Nations human rights chief criticised the country for using "excessive force" during a spring of unrest along the 25-mile border.

At least four people were wounded in Israeli airstrikes on Hamas outpost at a port in Gaza on Friday evening, Palestinian media reported.

The organisers of the weekly march in Gaza have said the protests are meant to be peaceful, while Israel has claimed its forces have opened fire after rioting and fired towards "main instigators" to break to petrol bombs and stones being thrown at the border fence.

No Israelis have been hurt.

Organisers call the rolling protests the Great March of Return. Hamas organizers have made conflicting statements about whether they plan a mass border breach at some point.

Israel and Egypt imposed the Gaza blockade in 2007, in response to a violent takeover of the territory by Hamas, which had won Palestinian parliament elections a year earlier.


The Israeli military fighter jets have targeted six military targets belonging to Hamas's naval force in the northern Gaza Strip, said the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Although the United States immediately recognized Israel's existence, numerous surrounding Arab League nations refused to accept Israel as a legitimate nation and launched the first Arab-Israeli war.

The violence came shortly after a top United Nations official urged Israel to refrain from using excessive force against the protesters.

Heavy Israeli gunfire was heard Friday afternoon as the crowd broke away from a larger protest and moved toward the fence.

"For four weeks the world has watched in horror as Israeli snipers and other soldiers, in full-protective gear and behind the fence, have attacked Palestinian protesters with live ammunition and tear gas". 175 of the wounded Palestinians were injured in Northern Gaza, 251 in Gaza city area, 200 in Central Gaza, 146 in Khan Younis and 183 in Rafah.

The Israeli army said in a statement around 10,000 Palestinians had taken part in "riots".


Protesters hurled stones and rolled burning tyres towards the fence, and some attached cans of burning petrol to kites and flew them into Israeli territory.

"These trends call into question to what extent the ISF's rules of engagement, which are not public, are in line with worldwide law, or at least to what degree the ISF abides by its own rules".

The decision has infuriated Palestinians, who see the annexed eastern half of the holy city as the capital of their future state.

Refugee camps being set up in the Gaza Strip and other locations; today, more than 60 percent of the two million citizens living in Gaza are refugees or descendant from refugees who fled their homes following the creation of Israel.

Amnesty International has called for a global arms embargo against Israel, accusing its forces of committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Israel and the United States have long had a close relationship, with the United States being Israel's biggest ally, and the connections between the two nations could deepen following Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - a move that was widely criticized within the worldwide community.


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