Israelis on Gaza border unmoved by Palestinian protests

Saul Bowman
April 9, 2018

Violence along the Israel-Gaza border continued Sunday afternoon as Hamas terrorists opened fire on IDF troops, forcing Israel to respond.

Palestinian news agency Maan said that an Israeli tank fired twice towards the Strip, however the Israeli military said it only used small arms fire.

It is unclear if there were any casualties among the Palestinians.

Israel controls Gaza's airspace and territorial waters, as well as two of the three border crossing points; the third is controlled by Egypt.

Corbyn said he stood in "solidarity" with Israelis who took to the streets to protest their government's actions and added: "The silence from global powers with the responsibility of bringing a just settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict must end".

The Israeli ambassador's letter (6 April) is a good example of how Israel and its apologists seek to dismiss legitimate criticism by conflating it with antisemitism.

A Palestinian farmer was also killed last week the before dawn on Friday, March 30th, the first day of the massive demonstration.

Violence spiked again on Friday, when clashes erupted as thousands protested along the border, and nine Palestinians, including a journalist, were killed.

Government-run hospitals in Gaza "were overwhelmed by the number of injuries, with urgent needs reported for anesthesia and other essentials", the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated on Friday.

In a statement on Saturday, the Palestinian ministry said 79 injured Palestinians were in a serious condition.

On 30 March, Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians as tens of thousands of protesters gathered at the Israeli border.

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".

Mohamed Anbar, 46, was shot and injured by Israeli soldiers near a military checkpoint in the city of Tulkarm last week.

On Saturday, the European Union raised questions over whether Israeli troops engaged in "proportionate use of force".

Israel has no official death toll figures.

The Israeli military on Thursday threatened Hamas with a tougher military response to another planned Friday demonstration on Israel's border with Gaza.

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

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