Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

More than 900 Injured and One Killed in Gaza

More than 900 Injured and One Killed in Gaza

The ministry says 406 demonstrators suffered other types of injuries, including being hit by rubber-coated steel pellets and being overcome by tear gas.

Palestinians had arrived en masse at tented camps near the frontier as a protest dubbed "The Great March of Return", evoking a longtime call for refugees to regain ancestral homes in what is now Israel, moved into its third week.

In a rare scene, Palestinian women were on front lines during Friday confrontations with Israeli soldiers along the Gaza-Israel borders.

They have also injured not less than 3,000 people since the start of protests, according to the reports by Gaza's health ministry.

The official end date of the protests is May 15, when Palestinians mark the Nakba, or "catastrophe", commemorating the more than 700,000 who fled or were expelled during the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation. The camp was decked out in Palestinian flags.

Dozens of Israeli flags were being burned in Jabalia in northern Gaza and hundreds of Palestinian ones were held aloft.

Islamic Jihad is an ally of Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas.

In all, 34 Palestinians were killed in the past two weeks, 27 during protests.

It had pledged to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and said there have been attempts at all three.

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The Israeli military has argued that Gaza militant groups are trying to turn the border area into a combat zone, and said it has a right to defend its sovereign border.

Two journalists were wounded by gunfire, the Palestinian journalists' syndicate said, a week after a Gazan journalist was killed.

Israel claimed he was a paid member of Hamas, but produced no evidence.

It added that the announced investigation was consistent with the approach of the Israeli military prosecution to blur the facts and give a false impression about the effectiveness of the Israeli law enforcement service.

Human-rights groups have reiterated that soldiers can only use lethal force if they face an apparent imminent threat to their lives.

Organisers also again said they want the protest to be peaceful this week, but it is unclear to what extent they or even Hamas remain in control.

The Israeli rights group B'Tselem said Friday that open-fire policy must not be dictated by worst case scenarios, such as a feared mass breach of the border.

Information for this article was contributed by Karin Laub and Ian Deitch of The Associated Press. The UN, under the coordination of OCHA, continues to provide a number of critical health facilities in the Gaza Strip, including public hospitals, with emergency fuel to run back-up generators. Palestinians were staging a mass.

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