Israeli forces detain 14 Palestinians from West Bank

by Abel Hampton May 5, 2018, 4:35
Israeli forces detain 14 Palestinians from West Bank

Meanwhile, two Palestinians were injured, one of them critically, as Israeli forces opened fired at a group of youths near the al-Awda camp in eastern Gaza City on Thursday morning.

Sir, - Barry Meyler claims that the Israelis have shot over "1,000 unarmed protesters and killed 42 people" during the current Hamas-organised protests on the Gaza border (May 3rd).

In central Gaza, dozens were gathering east of the Bureij refugee camp.

Youths met behind a series of bunkers reinforced with sandbags in the area leading up to the border with Israel, while older demonstrators remained further back at protest tents.

A Palestinian demonstrator uses a slingshot to hurl stones towards Israeli security forces near the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis during the fifth straight Friday of mass demonstrations and clashes along the Gaza-Israel border on April 27, 2018.

Eyewitnesses said young men are seen preparing fire bombs, burning dozens of tires, and trampling on Israeli flags.

Israeli media have in recent days reported significant damage to farms due to kite-flown Molotov cocktails, though the devices face hard odds in making it across the fence while still lit.

The IDF repelled another Palestinian attempt to harm Israelis on the Gaza border.

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

Israel media reported this week that army snipers would target Palestinian protesters flying kites allegedly rigged with Molotov cocktails.

Palestinians headed into the seventh week of demonstrations as part of the "Great March of Return" on Friday, as protest organisers chose to highlight the plight of workers in the Gaza Strip.

Facing worldwide censure over its use of live fire in the protests, the Israeli army says it is protecting its border and takes such action only when protesters, some hurling firebombs and trying to plant explosives, approach too closely.

Trump's moves angered Palestinian leaders, who have refused to talk to his administration, accusing it of pro-Israel bias.

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