Palestinians cross border into Israel before backtracking under fire


Palestinians cross border into Israel before backtracking under fire

He was covering protests to the east of Khan Younis in the south of Gaza when he was hit, according to the health ministry.

At least 20 Palestinians have been shot and killed by Israeli soldiers during the recent mass protests. Both men were from Nuseirat refugee camp.

"I would be happy if we could live in peace, but they don't want to sit and talk with us."
A Palestinian farmer was also killed last week the before dawn on Friday, March 30th, the first day of the massive demonstration.

During the protests, Palestinians built a tent encampment with different tents corresponding to the various villages and towns that were destroyed during the Nakba 70 years ago.

The nine dead Palestinians, including a journalist, were buried in Gaza on Saturday. Almost 500 were injured by live fire, the Gaza health ministry stated.

It called for clarification of Israeli military reports that Palestinians stoned and firebombed their positions and tried to cross the fence into Israel.

The Israeli military said that "three suspects crossed into Israel in the northern Gaza border area and returned to Gaza".

According to the Daily Sabah, almost 500 Palestinians were injured Friday, while 33 suffered grave injuries as a result of live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets in the second mass border protest in a week.

Already reeling under a severe humanitarian crisis due to the long-running Israeli blockade, hospitals in Gaza are now overwhelmed by the large number of injured and is in urgent need of anesthesia and other essentials.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society has "also warned of a shortage of medical supplies and of personal protective equipment for their 400-person team deployed across Gaza".

"The march is organized by refugees, doctors, lawyers, university students, Palestinian intellectuals, academics, civil society organizations and Palestinian families", Asad Abu Sharekh, the spokesperson of the march, told Al Jazeera.

The killings of demonstrators, including one journalist, elicited criticism from the United Nations, EU and elsewhere. "Palestinian factions must engage seriously to allow the Palestinian Authority to resume its full responsibilities in Gaza, which is crucial for improving the situation of the people in Gaza", the European Union stated.

The UN stated: "In the context of a military occupation, as is the case in Gaza, the unjustified and unlawful recourse to firearms by law enforcement resulting in death may amount to a wilful killing, a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention". Since the beginning of the march, 1,752 persons have been injured-1,150 of them by live fire. The EU said on Saturday the violence "raises serious questions about the proportionate use of force which must be addressed". Hundreds more have been hurt from rubber bullets and tear gas.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday there were "no innocent people" in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 30 Palestinians during 10 days of protests.

In the West Bank political capital of Ramallah, around 50 Palestinian journalists held a vigil for Murtaja.



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