'No innocent people' in Gaza Strip: Israeli minister

Casey Dawson
April 9, 2018

Israeli troops opened fire on three Palestinians who were spotted crossing into Israeli territory from the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday afternoon, the army said, amid heightened tensions along the Gaza border.

Gaza health officials say a well-known Palestinian journalist has died from a gunshot wound sustained while covering demonstrations near the Israeli border.

There have been no reported Israeli casualties.

The demonstrations turned violent after Israeli forces used tear gas and live fire against crowds of protesters.

The Israeli daily Haaretz quoted Israeli army sources as saying on Saturday that they would react forcefully if the alleged attempts to damage the fence continued.

Palestinian paramedics set up medical posts ahead of Friday's rallies, as more than 1,500 demonstrators were injured during last week's protests - half of them by live fire.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said Friday that Israel's firing on the Gazans "raises serious questions about the proportionate use of force which must be addressed".

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"Despite this, since last Friday the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) have been dealing with tens of thousands of people approaching the fence, all instigated by Hamas", it added.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society, which has established five advanced medical posts near various protest sites, also warned of a shortage of medical supplies and of personal protective equipment for their 400-person team.

The protesters gathered Saturday outside of British prime minister's residence on Downing Street and also voiced their anger at UK's silence versus the abuses being inflicted on Palestinians by the Israeli forces as the country's Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn slammed Western inaction over the regime's killing of over 30 Palestinians during anti-occupation protests in the besieged Gaza Strip. IDF snipers killed 18 Arabs who were spotted trying to breach the fence and infiltrate Israel.

Mohamed Anbar, 46, was shot and injured by Israeli soldiers near a military checkpoint in the city of Tulkarm last week.

It remains to be seen if the European Union, which brands itself as a champion of human rights, will consider this Friday's death toll to be more "proportional" than last week.

Mourners and journalists carry the body of Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City on April 7, 2018.

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