Hundreds of Palestinians Injured as Clashes With Israel's Military Resume

Nellie Chapman
April 13, 2018

According to media reports in Gaza strip today, thousands of Palestinians have gathered on the Gaza borders with the occupied lands for the third consecutive Friday, while there are reports that so far, hundreds of the unarmed protesters have been injured.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, seventeen medics, after the army deliberately targeted field clinics with gas bombs, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Israel accuses Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs Gaza and with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of using the protests as cover to carry out violence.

The debate over Israel's open-fire regulations has intensified with a rising number of dead and wounded since the first protests on March 30.

Officials said more than 400 suffered other injuries, including being hit by rubber-coated steel pellets and being overcome by tear gas.

On Friday, most of the demonstrators assembled at five tent camps located several hundred meters (yards) from the border fence.

Palestinians gathered for a protest on the Israel-Gaza border on April 13, 2018, in Netivot, Israel. Smaller groups moved closer to the fence, burning Israeli flags, throwing stones and torching tires.

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In two weeks, 34 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, including 27 during protests.

"When we got to the Jordanian border the Israelis said they won't allow us to go to Palestine for this particular conference". One man threw a burning tyre into the fence.

Protesters stuck a Palestinian flag into the fence and affixed a rope, using it to tug at the coils.

The marches have been organised by Hamas, but large turnouts on two preceding Fridays were also driven by desperation among the territory's two million residents. The military said demonstrators hurled an explosive device and several firebombs near the fence in what it said was an apparent attempt to damage it.

In northern Gaza, a large Israeli flag was burned that had earlier been set on the ground for protesters to walk over.

Marchers protest against a decade-old blockade and assert what they say is a "right of return" of Palestinian refugees to what is now Israel. Rights groups say military's open-fire orders are unlawful.

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