Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Palestinian man dies after being shot by Israeli army

Khalil Hamra EP condemns killing of Palestinians in Gaza Strip by Israeli troops
Kenny Thornton | 20 April, 2018, 17:18

A Palestinian youth was critically injured during protests along the Gaza borderlines with Israel on Friday, according to the Palestinian ministry of Health. The man's death brings the total number of fatalities up to at leat 35 since March 30.

"This is done through imposing road closures in the OPT, in addition to the military reinforcement in the streets of East Jerusalem along with other repressive measures as part of a systematic policy of collective punishment against helpless Palestinians for "security reasons" which is a weak allegation without providing any evidence, within the frame work of imposing Israeli sovereignty on massive part of the OPT in a flagrant violation of the Geneva Conventions and global law." the statement said. Stay away from the border fence, do not attempt to damage it. It has also accused Hamas of using mass protests as a cover for attacks. In one camp, organizers placed four life-sized effigies of Israeli soldiers in a cage facing the border.

A Palestinian youth swings a slingshot during clashes after a demonstration near the border with Israel, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 1, 2018.

The UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) supplies more than half of the population in the Gaza Strip. The US had halted its contributions to the United Nations agency as a way to urge Palestinians to negotiate with Israel.

The convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah of the West Bank-based Fatah group was targeted as he made a rare visit to Gaza on March 13.

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"We will cross the border", said Daoud Shehab, a member of the organizing committee from the smaller Islamic Jihad group, adding that Israel "should feel really jittery as a result of these marches".

The two parties want Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs to take the initiative in starting talks with Israel and the Palestinians about a corridor for buses and trucks, among other things. Israel refuses the right to return. Over 40 have been injured. A total of nine Palestinians were shot. Rioters also threw stones and burned tires. The latest terror tactic used by Hamas - attaching a firebomb to a kite and exploding it on the Israeli side of the border fence - was used again Wednesday, with six such attacks since last Friday.

Ahead of this weeks protests, the IDF dropped fliers over the coastal enclave warning locals to refrain from taking part in violence activities near the border.

Ahmad Rashad Athamneh, 24, was killed when the forces opened live gunfire at thousands of protesters who gathered near the border on the fourth Friday of the ongoing Great March of Return.

The EU Parliament "strongly condemns the persistent tactic of Hamas of using civilians for the objective of shielding terrorist activities", while it "recognizes Israel's security challenges and the need to protect its territory and borders while using proportionate means".

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