Palestinian killed, more than 100 wounded in 7th week of Gaza protests
12 May, 2018, 21:33 | Author: Charlene Valdez
A Palestinian man has been shot dead and dozens more wounded as tensions flare on the border between Gaza and Israel.
Nur Arafeh, Policy Fellow of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, said the inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem the day before Palestinians commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, when almost a million Palestinians were driven from their homes during Israel's establishment, is a reminder that the embassy move is not simply an aberration.
Meanwhile, kites carrying fire bombs were seen land in Israel's agricultural fields, causing big flames.
Israeli forces have drawn global censure for using live fire against the protesters, most of whom appeared unarmed and did not seem to present any immediate threat to the lives of the soldiers.
Friday's protest was part of the "Great March of Return", a series of protests which are set to culminate on Tuesday, May 15, in a demonstration against the foundation of Israel, which is commemorated by Palestinians as Nakba Day, or Day of Catastrophe.
The move saw hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven out of what is now Israel.
Israeli reporter Alon Ben David tweeted that the IDF is increasing the amount of troops present around the Gaza strip and in the West Bank by adding three brigades for the upcoming week.
The decision has enraged Palestinians, who want east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war, as capital of their future state.
But he stressed the event will be a bilateral US-Israeli celebration, downplaying reports that very few if any diplomats from other countries that have not recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital would attend.
Most of the deaths come as the Israeli army fires upon Palestinians who approach the border fence.
Israel says it will defend its border, and accuses Hamas of exploiting civilians and trying to use the border clashes as a cover to stage militant attacks.
Israeli forces' fire on unarmed protesters has killed 41 Palestinians and injured more than 1,800 since the demonstrations began on March 30. The crowd erupted in cheers as protesters attached hooks and ropes to the barbed-wire fence and hauled sections of it away. One Palestinian was killed. Sinwar has vowed in the past that protesters would "breach the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa", referring to the major Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Gaza government officials announced that Egypt will open its border with Gaza for four days starting Saturday. "What's the problem with hundreds of thousands breaking through a fence that is not a border?" he said, in his first major briefing to global media since becoming head of the group in 2017.
"The Hungarians didn't want to poke Trump in the eye and the Czechs and the Romanians are considering to move their embassies to Jerusalem against the European Union position", a source told the Israeli.
His decision infuriated the Palestinians, who declared that Washington could no longer play a role as a mediator in the so-called Middle East peace process.
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