Palestinians burn Israeli flags, 9 wounded in border protest

Palestinians burn Israeli flags, 9 wounded in border protest

Palestinians burn Israeli flags, 9 wounded in border protest

Israeli troops and Palestinian protestors clashed for the third consecutive weekend on Friday resulting in at least one Palestinian killed and more than 100 injured from live Israeli fire, according to the Gaza health ministry.

According to the Gaza Strip's Health Ministry, 112 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli army fire or treated for tear gas inhalation.

His death brings to 34 the number of Palestinians martyred in two weeks of Return protests and clashes along Gaza's border with "Israel".

The health officials said that among those hurt Friday was a Gaza journalist who was in serious condition with a bullet wound in the abdomen. He said the Israeli military is "operating against it (Hamas) with determination and according to global law". Friday's protesters are part of the Great Return March, a 45-day series of events planned to culminate on May 15, Nakba day.

Rights groups accuse Israel of wanton use of live fire.

The protests since March 30 have posed a challenge to Israel, which has dismissed criticism of its use of live fire, saying its rules of engagement are necessary and will not change.

Rights groups have slammed the Israeli response to the demonstrations, criticizing what they say is an excessive use of force against unarmed protesters.

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As protests at the Gaza border get underway this morning, several liberal Democratic politicians have finally objected to Israel's shooting of unarmed Palestinians at the Gaza fence. They began last month to draw attention to the plight of Palestinians living in Gaza, which the United Nations has said is on the verge of economic collapse.

The apologetic letter published by The Guardian was signed by four former Israeli combatants expressing their distress over the most recent killings of demonstrators in Gaza. Israel says it has seen an uptick in attempted attacks since the protests started March 30.

On Friday, most demonstrators assembled in five tent camps located several hundred meters (yards) from the border fence. Crowds of mostly young men have moved closer, slinging stones, torching tyres and setting Israeli flags alight.

One of the protesters, Sumaya Abu Awad, attended with her three daughters and son: "I am from the village of Hiribya and it is my right to return to it", she told the news agency AFP.

The Israeli military spokesman said "in the last hour there have also been various attempts to damage or break the security infrastructure".

"While it appears that the vast majority of Palestinians who have gathered to protest have been peaceful, we object to reported cases of non-peaceful actions carried out by some Gaza protesters, and we call on them to exercise their rights nonviolently".

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