Palestinians Renew Violent Riots on Israel-Gaza Border

06 May, 2018, 00:12 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Palestinian employees queue outside a cash machine outside the Bank of Palestine as they wait to withdraw their salaries in Gaza City

Palestinians have been gathering since 30 March in encampments along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip in protests meant to highlight their legitimate right of return to their land from which they were driven out by Zionist militias and terrorist gangs in 1948.

After a short time the protesters were spotted by Israeli troops, and ran back into Gaza. From video footage, at least one of the drones appeared to be a civilian model in use by the Israel Defense Forces.

Israel says it is protecting its borders and takes such action only when rioters, some hurling stones and Molotov cocktails trying to lay explosives, come too close to the fence.

Five people were killed in an explosion on Saturday in the central Gaza Strip, according to Palestine's official news agency.

Yehiyeh Amarin, an 18-year-old protester, was among almost two dozen activists rolling tires toward the fence on Friday to set them ablaze.

According to figures provided by the United Nations agency, over the past five weeks, five children lost their lives and hundreds more were wounded in largely peaceful protest rallies held along the border with the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Clashes resumed in the Gaza strip. The victims were present at Gaza-Israel border as part of a long-running protest.

A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli solders near the fence after they burn tires during a protest at Gaza's border with Israel. "We will cut through the fence".

"We want a dignified life and a return to our lands", he said.

The daily Ha'aretz cited a regime statement as saying that Tel Aviv sees the ongoing "March of Return" protests as "part of hostile acts by Hamas against Israel".

Israel says it's defending its sovereign border, including nearby communities, and that soldiers only target instigators.

Rights groups said open-fire regulations are unlawful because they permit troops to use potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven from homes in what is now Israel. Two-thirds of the 2 million Palestinians in Gaza are war refugees or their descendants. An added focus this year is President Donald Trump's decision to begin moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem on May 14, the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding.

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