Gaza Ministry Says 112 Border Protesters Wounded

Hope Soto
April 21, 2018

The incident took place during protests along the Gaza border sparked by US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, which infuriated Palestinians and led to clashes.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Like most of the 2 million Palestinians packed into the tiny, impoverished Gaza Strip, Ahmed is a descendant of refugees from Jaffa, a coastal town in Israel just south of Tel Aviv.

But Palestinians say protesters are being shot while posing no threat to soldiers, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the European Union have called for an independent investigation.

This, according to him, was "a reflection of the cruel mentality of Israel's military occupation and the drive of its systematic shoot-to-kill policy against the Palestinian civilians, in defiance of their very existence on the land of Palestine and in a flagrant violation of all global and humanitarian norms and laws".

Israeli troops shot and wounded 30 Palestinians during a large protest on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday in which demonstrators hurled stones and burning tyres near the frontier fence, Palestinian medics said.

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In a tweeted statement, the military said: "With regard to the video of the soldiers at the Gaza Strip border - it was probably an event that occurred a number of months ago".

Israel has accused Hamas of using the protests as a cover for carrying out attacks and bringing infiltrators into Israel.

Islamist movement Hamas has controlled Gaza since 2007 and fought three wars with Israel since.

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

Israeli media reports have said Egypt, one of only two Arab countries to have signed a peace treaty with the Jewish state, had been negotiating with Hamas to seek to calm the crisis, but there has been no confirmation.

The same source also displayed that the bombing was carried out in response to an explosive charge that on Wednesday detonated without provoking casualties east of Shujaiyeh, near the Gaza border, in the vicinity of an Army military engineering team.

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