Gaza border: Six palestians killed during protest

Clay Curtis
October 13, 2018

On Monday night roughly 7,000 Palestinian Arabs provoked Israeli troops by attacking them with burning tires, rocks and firebombs while dozens of boats tried to break through Israel's naval blockade, Arutz 7 reported. Israeli soldiers also wounded scores of others.

The deaths occurred during Friday protests, which often turn violent, along the fence separating Israel and the Gaza Strip.

A statement said troops "spotted a number of assailants who climbed the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip".

Tamer Abu Ermanah, 27, was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers east of the town of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, he said.

Israel accuses the Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests along the border fence to provide cover for attacks and to distract from Gaza's economic plight. It says its troops have used "riot dispersal means" and have fired "in accordance with standard operating procedures".

Israeli fire in Gaza has killed at least 203 Palestinians since protests began on 30 March.

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A spokesperson for the Palestinian health ministry said six Palestinian men were killed as thousands of protesters approached the heavily-guarded Israeli border.

The Israeli military has been criticised by Palestinians and worldwide human rights groups for its lethal response to the protests.

The protests are a continuation of what Gazans dubbed the "March of Return", a series of protests that began in late-March, aimed at highlighting the right claimed by Palestinians to return to homes and villages lost seven decades ago in the war that accompanied the founding of the state of Israel.

Repeated attempts to reconcile Hamas and the West Bank-based administration of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have all but faltered, increasing the desperation that has in large part fueled the demonstrations.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said on a visit to Istanbul on Friday that his group was talking to several parties, including Qatar, Egypt and the United Nations, and he hoped that the talks "could lead to calm in return for breaking the siege".

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