528 injured in Gaza clashes By

Saul Bowman
April 14, 2018

Islam Herzallah, 28, reportedly died in hospital after he was shot by Israeli troops east of Gaza City.

Israel's army estimated that around 10,000 Palestinians took part in Friday's protest on the border, the third in a series of mass protests.

A Palestinian was killed and more than 200 others wounded during clashes with Israeli troops as thousands gathered in protest along the Gaza-Israel border.

In the first Friday of protests two weeks ago, Gazan refugees marched for the right of return to their homes in what is now Israel.

"We want to live like everyone else in the world", said 37-year-old construction worker Omar Hamada, an unemployed father of eight. Since late March, 27 Palestinians were killed in protests.

Ahmed Abu Hussein, a photographer for the Voice of the People Radio-a radio station affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-was hit by a live round in his abdomen while he was covering the protests east of the northern Gazan city of Jabalya, according to his employer, the PJS, and news reports.

Two journalists were also wounded by gunfire, the Palestinian journalists' syndicate said, a week after a Gazan journalist was killed. Ten of the wounded are nurses and paramedics in Khan Younis, while two are journalists.

But Israel says the militant group Hamas, which dominates Gaza, is orchestrating the demonstrations in order to launch attacks.

Organizers of the protests have said they are meant to be "nonviolent resistance".

Israeli forces responded by firing live ammunition, including by snipers, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters, also dropped from drones. It has said some of those at the border tried to damage the fence, planted explosives or hurled firebombs.

Footage distributed by the military showed an area of the fence made up of several layers of barbed wire coils. This would not have been possible if the organization were linked in any way to Hamas, which the United States and Israel proscribe as a "terrorist" group.

Human rights advocates are calling for an arms embargo on Israel because Israeli snipers are shooting unarmed Palestinians in Gaza. The 11-year blockade of Gaza has left Gazans in a perilous position - less than four percent of fresh water is drinkable, the daily electricity supply is one-fifth of that needed, and healthcare provision is on life support.

He stopped short of threatening a mass breach of the border, though another Hamas leader has done so in recent speeches.

That is the day Palestinians will mark the 70th anniversary of the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe", when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced amid violence culminating in war between newly created Israel and its Arab neighbours in May 1948.

"I am here today to raise high the Palestinian flag, and burn the Israeli flag". At the entrance, organisers had laid a large Israeli flag on the ground for protesters to step on.

Hamada was critical of Hamas, saying the group has set back Gaza by decades, but added that "this is the reality and we have to deal with it".

Critics argue that Hamas' refusal to disarm is a key reason for the continued blockade.

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