Hundreds of Palestinians injured in Friday's Gaza protests

by Abel Hampton May 6, 2018, 5:06
Hundreds of Palestinians injured in Friday's Gaza protests

Israeli soldiers fired live rounds and tear gas.

"The rioters are damaging the pipes that carry fuel and gas from Israel into the Gaza Strip", the army said in a statement.

Since weekly marches began in late March, 39 protesters have been killed and more than 1,700 wounded by army fire. Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate the day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by Israelis in 1948. "We are here to demonstrate against snipers, who are targeting civilians in Gaza, who are demanding freedom, liberty, breaking the siege, and return", Tibi told +972.

The incident comes amid tensions along the security fence in recent weeks, with the Palestinians holding mass marches near the border, and in some cases rioting, for the last six consecutive weekends. Several attempts were made by protesters to cross into Israeli territory, the military said, leading to three arrests.

The Israeli military aggression killed almost 2,200 Palestinians and injured over 11,100 others.

It claims most of those killed were militants, a charge that Palestinians deny. Israel's Supreme Court is now weighing a petition by six rights groups to restrict or ban the use of live fire on the border.

The statement also went on to accuse some Friday's protesters who were wounded as having faked their injuries, meant to "disguise Hamas' severe terror activities, including the hurling of explosive devices, grenades, attempted infiltrations into Israeli territory and the burning of Israeli lands".

The Palestinians and human rights groups have criticised Israel for using live fire against the protesters.

According to reports Ynet, Palestinians involved in the unrest of the IDF shot down drones with slingshots.

In central Gaza, protesters gathered east of the Bureij refugee camp.

"We want a dignified life and a return to our lands", he said. "We will make sure the protest doesn't escalate to violence - at least from our end".

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