Dozens killed after Gaza border protests

Saul Bowman
October 14, 2018

On Friday, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians during their peaceful weekly protests in the besieged territory.

A group of Palestinian terrorists set off a bomb on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday and attacked a nearby IDF position.

At least 205 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed since protests and clashes erupted along the border on March 30.

It said four died along the frontier east of Al-Bureij in central Gaza, two east of Gaza City and one near Rafah in southern Gaza.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said about 15,000 Palestinians gathered along fence.

The Israeli military said that the demonstrators, numbering around 14,000, had been "hurling rocks, explosive devices, firebombs and grenades" at Israeli troops and at the fence.

On Friday, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced suspending fuel delivery to Gaza in response to the protests, Haaretz reported.

Although the fuel was aimed at making the situation better in Gaza- where residents are now only receiving around four hours of electricity per day on average - the Qatar-bought delivery was protested by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as it was arranged with Hamas rather than his government.

One day after vowing to "reach an understanding that will bring calm to Israel", Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh did an about-face, cheering for the continued violence on Gaza's border.

An Israeli soldier and a bystander were injured in a stabbing attack in the West Bank.

Israeli police said on Saturday they were investigating the death of a Palestinian woman in the occupied West Bank, after her husband said he suspected Israeli settlers had pelted their vehicle with rocks.

The protests are a continuation of what Gazans dubbed the "March of Return", a series of protests that began in late-March, aimed at highlighting the right claimed by Palestinians to return to homes and villages lost seven decades ago in the war that accompanied the founding of the state of Israel.

Israel accuses Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests to provide cover for attacks.

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