Gaza-Israel border: Israeli forces kill 15 Palestinians in Land Day protests (PHOTOS)
31 March, 2018, 05:54
Twelve Palestinians were reported to have been killed and several hundred injured in violent clashes with Israeli soldiers along the Gaza-Israel border on Friday during the Great March of Return protests as part of Land Day commemorations, Palestinian medical sources and the news agency Maan have said.
Palestinian health officials said two protesters, name as Mohammed Najjar, 25, and Omar Samour, a 27-year-old farmer, had been killed, although Palestinian media reported two more death which are up to now unconfirmed by officials.
Previous protests near the border fence in recent months have turned deadly, with Israeli soldiers firing live bullets at Palestinians hurling firebombs, burning tires or throwing stones.
The two terror groups, who had played a major role in the organization of Friday's mass protests, urged Palestinians to continue the large demonstrations, which are expected to last six weeks and culminate in mid-May, when the USA is slated to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
During the attack, two terrorists approached the security fence and fired towards IDF troops, the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said in a statement.
The Israeli military had been warning for days that it would not tolerate the encroachment by Gazans across the Israeli border.
The protests marked the launch of what Gaza'sHamas rulers envision as a 6-week-long campaign of mass sit-ins along the border, meant to spotlight the demand of uprooted Palestinians and their descendants to return to what is now Israel. That's also one day after the controversial move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is scheduled.
"The Great March of Return is a message to Trump that his deal and all those who support it, that there is no concession on Jerusalem, no alternative to Palestine, and no solution but to return", Haniyeh said.
There were also small protests in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The march was organized by Hamas the terror group that has had control of the Gaza Strip since 2007.
The Gaza Strip is now ruled by the Hamas and blockaded by Israel.
Palestinians attend a tent city protest along the Israel border with Gaza, demanding the right to return to their homeland, east of Gaza City, March 30, 2018.
Nine Palestinians have been killed in clashes Friday with Israeli troops along the Gaza border, Palestinian officials said.
It is due to end on May 15, the day Palestinians call the "Nakba" or "catastrophe", marking the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the conflict surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948.
The Hamas leader in Gaza, Yehiyeh Sinwar, said the protests are a signal to Israel and the world that "our people will not accept the continuation of the siege".
Again, tension between Israel and Palestine rises again.
In 1976, Israeli police shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel as they were protesting the Israeli government's expropriation of thousands of dunums of Palestinian land.
"The campaign organized by Palestinian leaders is in fact a unsafe, premeditated provocation meant to fan the flames of the conflict and increase tension", the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
Hamas has alleged that the Israel is trying to intimidate Palestinians by killing the farmer and then asking people not to take part in the kind of protests.
According to Israeli military, "rioting" occurred at six places and said that there "aim" was main instigators.
Palestinian medics signal to Israeli soldiers that they are unarmed as they attempt to retrieve wounded protesters east of Jabaliya during the Gaza return march, seen from the Palestinian side.