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Palestinian Shot By Israeli Soldiers Along Gaza Border Dies

04 May, 2018, 14:24 | Author: Arnold Gilbert
  • Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas

Since the peaceful border rallies began on March 30, at least 47 Palestinians demonstrators - including five children - have been martyred by cross-border Israeli gunfire, according to Palestinian Health Ministry figures.

According to Palestinian rights organisation al-Haq, at least 26 journalists have been injured by Israeli forces while covering the demonstrations, as rights groups have denounced the targeting of reporters and paramedics.

The Israeli army's use of live fire during the protests has drawn worldwide criticism and calls for an independent probe - which Israel has rejected.

Israel says it only opens fire when necessary to stop attacks, infiltrations and damage to the border fence.

It also alleges Hamas, the Islamist resistance movement that runs the Gaza Strip and with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, is seeking to use the protests as "cover to carry out violence".

The recent protests along the Gaza Border are considered to be a "state of war" and human rights law is not applicable in this situation, Israeli authorities said in a response to a High Court petition.

Each Friday, Gazans have taken to protesting at the border with Israel, following US President Donald Trump's decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, effectively establishing Jerusalem as an Israeli capital.

He reiterated his call on the UN Security Council to hold "an global peace conference this year that would establish an worldwide multilateral mechanism to oversee the political process" while noting that the USA has abandoned its role as "an honest peace broker" by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and deciding to move its embassy there.

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