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Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian on Gaza border

12 May 2018, 08:14 | Rufus Hill

Mahmud Hams—AFP

Mahmud Hams—AFP

Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesperson for Gaza's health ministry, says 167 other people have been wounded due to live ammunition, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets.

The watchdog has documented at least 15 journalists shot by Israeli soldiers since protests began at the Gazan border in late March.

Palestinian demonstrators, some brandishing wire-cutters, gesticulate during a protest demanding the right of return at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, on Friday.

Some 50 Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded in more than a month of demonstrations, according to the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry, and the IDF fears that the final act next week could be much worse.

Young men burned tires to make huge polls of black smoke that protect them from the snipers' gunshots during the confrontations, while many others flew kites and balloons carrying flames that fell into Israel on agricultural fields and caused large fires.

President Donald Trump will address around 800 US and Israeli dignitaries at the ceremonial opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem by video on Monday, a senior official said.

American President Donald trump will be watching the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, which will be held next Monday.

Organisers of the protest, called the "Great March of Return", said they expected tens of thousands of Gazans at tented border encampments in the coming days.

Mr. Trump has promised to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, assigning the task to top advisers led by Jared Kushner, his son-in-law.

Hundreds of Gaza residents are gathering near the border with Israel for a seventh weekly protest aimed at shaking off a decade-old blockade of their territory. The Israeli military also vowed to defend the border to "ensure the security of the citizens of Israel and Israeli sovereignty, as necessary". He also claimed that Israel's borders are not internationally recognized and do not have to be respected.

The Israeli and Egyptian governments enacted the blockade in 2007 after Islamic militant organizations overran the region.



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