April 25, 2018

Two more killed as Gaza death toll reaches 21

06 April 2018, 03:52 | Simon Arnold

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It was the bloodiest day since a 2014 war. More than two-thirds of Gazans are refugees from villages that have since been destroyed and their descendants.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Lieberman said he hoped the Palestinians would understand that the protests were "not worth it to continue", claiming that most of the Gaza victims were "well-known terrorists".

Some have been walking the streets collecting money to buy tyres.

That the Israeli military issues statements that contradict videos of their actions is, again, no surprise.

Shadi Hamdan al-Kashef, 34, from the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, who was critically injured on Friday by Israeli army gunfire, died of his wounds.

Hamas has said the border protests would continue until May 15, the 70th anniversary of Israel's creation.

Israel says troops opened fire only when necessary against those throwing stones and firebombs or rolling tyres at soldiers. He cited incidents in the past where border infiltrations led to the kidnapping of soldiers and terrorist attacks on Israeli soil.

Instead of easing tensions and resolving the political questions at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mr. Trump has exacerbated the situation, most recently by unilaterally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in exchange for nothing, and declaring his intention to move the American embassy there from Tel Aviv.

Tunisian Ambassador Mohammed Khaled Khiari, who heads the Arab group at the United Nations, said its members welcome Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' call for an independent and transparent investigation.

In 2017, Human Rights Watch reported five overarching categories of human rights and humanitarian law abuses by the state of Israel including unlawful killings, forced displacement, abusive detention, movement restrictions, and the development of settlements.

Last Friday's march on the fence ended in violent confrontations, in what was the deadliest day in Gaza since the 2014 Gaza Israel war. The Palestinians are furious at U.S. President Donald Trump's December 6 decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and to move the U.S. Embassy to the city.

Briefing journalists Monday, he did not say in what circumstances protesters were killed Friday or why lethal force is justified if soldiers are not in apparent imminent danger.

"I think this was a mistake, a mistake of organisation from us because we shouldn't have let people [go to the border]", he said.

"But at the same time we were not expecting the Israelis to shoot to kill".

He added that "I don't think there is going to be another massacre".

Hamas said on Thursday it would pay $3,000 to the family of anyone killed in the protests, $500 for critically injuries and $200 for more minor injuries.

Numerous demonstrators who turned out for the start of the protest campaign returned to their homes and jobs over the week.

The Great Return March protests began last week and included cultural events such as traditional Palestinian dabka dancing for the thousands of families, women and children attending.

At least one man was seen trying in vain to reflect the light off a small mirror into Israeli snipers eyes. Gen. Ronen Manelis, alleged that Hamas is exploiting Gaza residents by urging them to attend the protests and "under the cover of these civilians carry out terror activities".

Amal Breikeh, one of the organizers of the campaign to save the tires, explained in an interview with the Gazaonline website: "We want to relay a civilized message to the world that illustrates the peacefulness of the protest".

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