Israeli gunfire injures 11 Palestinians on Gaza border

04 April, 2018, 02:17 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • Medical staff help an injured Palestinian man during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration near the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip

Israeli forces Monday detained three Palestinians near the border crossing east of Khan Younes, south of the Gaza Strip.

The Islamic Jihad terror group said in a statement that Raqib was a member, but that he was not carrying a weapon when he was shot.

Rights groups said it's unlawful to use lethal force when Palestinian protesters don't pose an imminent threat to the lives of Israeli soldiers.

"The big achievement of last Friday is that they (marchers) didn't cross the border", he told Israel's Channel 10.

Palestinians have called the rally a "peaceful demonstration" in order to raise global awareness of the plight the displaced Palestinians are struggling with and take the chance to express their anger towards the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

In solidarity with Gaza, around 250 people protested Israel after its soldiers killed 18 Palestinians and wounded hundreds more, as reported by Israeli newspaper Haaretz. These figures could not be independently verified.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a "terrorist and occupier".

Protesters run during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration near the border with Israel
Protesters run during clashes with Israeli security forces following a demonstration near the border with Israel

There were no casualties among Israelis. Israel's defense minister on Sunday rejected worldwide calls for an investigation into deadly violence along Gaza's border with Israel, saying troops acted appropriately and fired only at Palestinian protesters who posed a threat.

A medic works at the scene of clashes at the Israel-Gaza border on April 1, 2018.

On Saturday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for "those concerned to refrain from any act that could lead to further casualties". The military said that in one incident, two armed men opened fire near the fence. "All the fatalities were aged 18-30, several of the fatalities were known to us, and at least two of them were members of Hamas commando forces", he said. In response to Hamas rule, Israel and Egypt enforced a crippling blockade of Gaza's borders. It was the area's deadliest violence since a war four years ago.

Israel's military has faced questions from rights groups over its use of live fire on Friday, the bloodiest day in the conflict since a 2014 war, while Palestinians accused soldiers of firing on protesters posing no threat.

One day after the Israeli army killed 16 Palestinian peace protesters, Meidan tweeted: "Today, I am ashamed to be Israeli".

The army has remained on high alert even as the violence appeared to abate Friday evening, amid fears of persisting attacks, including infiltration attempts and rocket fire.

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