Israel bans entry of vehicle tires into Gaza after massive tire-burning

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09 April, 2018

The IDF said Sunday evening that soldiers opened fire on three Palestinians as they tried to sneak across the Gaza border fence into Israel.

At least nine Palestinians were killed by Israeli army gunfire during Friday protests at the Israeli-Gaza border, Gaza officials now say.

It is reported that the Palestinian press association denounced the murder of Murtaja, and announced plans to contact the International Court of Justice in The Hague regarding the matter.

The Great Return March is a 45-day protest festival that will culminate on May 15 - Nakba Day, also known as the day of catastrophe - when Palestinian Arabs were thrown out of their land and their houses were destroyed by Israel in 1948, leading subsequently to their being caged into the West Bank and Gaza.

"The circumstances in which journalists were allegedly hit by Israeli Defense Force (IDF) fire are not familiar to the IDF, and are being looked into", it said in a statement.

Palestinians burned hundreds of tyres in a bid to obscure the vision of Israeli snipers lined up on the border between Israel and Gaza. More than 1,600 others were wounded.

On March 30, Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians as a protest by tens of thousands led to clashes.

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In a statement on Saturday, the Palestinian ministry said 79 injured Palestinians were in a serious condition.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights stated its "grave concern" for further violence ahead of Friday's demonstrations.

Having failed to condemn Israel's premeditated slaughter last week, the European Union put out a statement Thursday night urging Palestinians to "avoid any incitement to violence" and to "remain strictly nonviolent", even though not a single Israeli has been reported injured as a result of the protests.

The protesters gathered Saturday outside of British prime minister's residence on Downing Street and also voiced their anger at UK's silence versus the abuses being inflicted on Palestinians by the Israeli forces as the country's Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn slammed Western inaction over the regime's killing of over 30 Palestinians during anti-occupation protests in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Mr Regev and those he represents perhaps need to understand that it is possible to recognise and defend the state of Israel as a legal entity, with all that this entails in terms of its sovereignty and integrity, without remaining silent about its abuses of human rights and of worldwide law.

Mourners and journalists carry the body of Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City on April 7, 2018.


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