Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Four Palestinians dead in Gaza explosion: health ministry

Four Palestinians dead in Gaza explosion: health ministry

In a rare scene, Palestinian women were on front lines during Friday confrontations with Israeli soldiers along the Gaza-Israel borders.

Abu Hussein was immediately transferred in critical condition to the Indonesian Hospital in Jabalya for treatment, according to Palestinian journalist Moneeb Saada, news reports, and social media posts.

Those injured, Qedra noted, were participating in peaceful demonstrations in five communities in the Gaza Strip: Rafah, Khan Younis, Al Bureij and the eastern zones of the cities of Gaza and Jabalia.

Palestinians protesters burned pictures of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump.

He says Israel's decision to station 100 snipers on the border, authorised to use lethal force, is criminal.

"I am not afraid of death because there is no life in Gaza already".

"Nakba Day" recognizes the approximately 750,000 people who left their homes in the violence leading up to and during the May 1948 war between Israel and neighboring countries.The protests, called "The March of Return", are calling for Palestinians who left Israeli areas during and around the May 1948 war and their descendants to be granted the "right to return" to those areas. Smaller groups moved closer to the fence, throwing stones, torching tires and burning large Israeli flags. The number of casualties recorded in today's events represents a decline compared to the figures recorded during the previous two Fridays, along with a decline in the total number of demonstrators.

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Israel defends its use of force, blaming the violence on Gaza's governing party Hamas, which has been labelled a "terrorist organisation" by many Western governments.

It had pledged to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and said there have been attempts at all three.

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. Walter Miller, U.S. representative to the United Nations, said "bad actors" were using the "protests as a cover to incite violence".

The company Murtaja co-founded had been vetted for United States government funding, while an global journalists federation said he was harassed and beaten by Hamas police in 2015.

On Saturday, journalist Yaser Murtaja, 30, was also killed by Israeli forces while he was covering the protests, despite they seeing him wearing a flak jacket clearly marked with the word "Press".

Protesters want refugees to be allowed to return to ancestral land now in Israel. At least 26 were killed during protests.

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