Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers in eastern Gaza

Clay Curtis
April 15, 2018

At least eight Palestinians were wounded, the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said at around midday, with one shot in the head.

Thousands of Palestinians converged along the Gaza Strip's eastern border with Israel for the third Friday of ongoing protests against Israel's decades-long occupation.

An Israeli military spokesman its troops were "responding with riot dispersal means while also firing in accordance with the rules of engagement".

Israel has declared a no-go zone close to the Gaza border fence, and deployed army sharpshooters along it.

Palestinian organizers have called the series of protests the "Great March of Return" beginning on Land Day, March 30, and continuing until May 15, the 70th anniversary of the "Nakba" - or the "catastrophe" - when 750,000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes and off their land by Israeli forces in 1948. US Congressman Mark Pocan and four other Democrats issued a statement calling for a nonviolent protest and urged Israeli soldiers to refrain from shooting live ammunition at unarmed Palestinian protesters from hundreds of meters away, across the fence separating the two territories.

"Israel will continue to defend its borders and its citizens".

Hamas officials have said in recent days they want this week's protest to see less bloodshed and hope to keep momentum building for May 14, when the United States is expected to move its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Organizers were calling on Friday's demonstrators to burn Israeli flags and raise Palestinian ones.

They burned tires to create a shield of a black foggy smoke. they also burned Israeli flags and raised Palestinian ones. Israel has accused Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers of using the protests as a cover for attacks and says snipers only target the main "instigators".

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The idea of mass protests was initially floated by social media activists, but was later co-opted by Hamas, which avowedly seeks Israel's destruction, with the backing of smaller terror groups.

Israel claimed he was a paid member of Hamas, but produced no evidence.

Israel has rejected calls for a probe and insists its open-fire rules for Gaza will not change. REUTERS/Mohammed SalemPalestinian demonstrators use a rope to remove part of the Israeli barbed wire during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City, April 13, 2018.

The rallies began on March 30, when tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered at different points along the border to demand that they be allowed to return to their homes in historical Palestine.

"The aim behind the demonstration is to support the Palestinian nation and to emphasise on the right of return (of Palestinian refugees to what is now Israel)". Israel and Egypt maintain a security blockade of Gaza.

It has pledged to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and says there have been attempts at all three.

In a rare move, Egypt opened its crossing with Gaza on Thursday and it will remain open until Saturday.

"The Israeli authorities must put an immediate end to the excessive and lethal force being used to suppress Palestinian demonstrations in Gaza", Amnesty International said on Friday.

Tensions have flared since the beginning of the protests. At least nine Palestinians were reported wounded in what was the third mass rally in two weeks.

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