Israeli army opens probe into killing of Gaza medic

Glen Norman
November 2, 2018

The three, who the Gazan health ministry said were aged 13 and 14, were killed late on Sunday near the tense border between the Hamas-run Gaza Strip and Israel.

Israel accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to stage border infiltrations and attacks.

Egypt and United Nations officials have been seeking a long-term truce between Israel and Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, with Qatar providing humanitarian assistance.

Egyptian mediators have been working to restore calm, and hope to bring about national reconciliation between Hamas, which seized Gaza by force in 2007, and the West Bank-based administration of President Mahmoud Abbas. Moscow is concerned about the escalation of tensions in the Gaza Strip, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at Thursday's briefing.

The committee is technically independent from Hamas, but includes representatives allied to the Islamist movement.

Recent weeks have seen efforts by the United Nations and Egypt result in Qatari-funded fuel deliveries for Gaza, easing a severe electricity shortage. There were several injuries, according to Maan.

The death raises to seven the number of Palestinians killed as a result of Friday's demonstrations when thousands approached the border fence.

Both groups praised Egyptian and United Nations efforts to broker a deal.

Since March 30, the Palestinians have been going on with anti-Israel marches and protests in five different locations in eastern Gaza Strip, along with the border with Israel.

According to the palestinian Centre for Human rights, they were between the ages of 14 to 15 years. Israel says it is trying to prevent incursions into its territory.

The protests are calling for Palestinians to be allowed to return to the lands they fled during the war surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948 and which are now inside the Jewish state.

The PLO leadership appealed to the International Criminal Court to conduct an official investigation into the violations of Israel and the flagrant war crimes committed against the Palestinians.

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