Published: Sat, May 12, 2018

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian on Gaza border

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian on Gaza border

Another large-scale protest is planned for Tuesday, when Palestinians mark their "nakba", or catastrophe, referring to their mass uprooting during the Mideast war over Israel's 1948 creation. Jordanian, Palestinian, and green Muslim Brotherhood flags flew over crowd. Under a newly erected plastic sheet-roofed hall, Afnan, a 25-year-old medical student from Gaza City, recited some of her own verses promoting the Palestinian people's right to return. "This is nothing more, or less than a recognition of reality".

President Donald Trump's decision to relocate the US embassy, which followed his recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, caused controversy when first announced.

Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital outraged Palestinians and leaders around the world, with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas describing it as "the slap of the century".

The embassy ceremony will take place on May 14, the anniversary of Israel's founding according to the civil calendar.

The sensitivity of the day and the US relocation has led many people to expect an uptick in protests by Palestinians angered at American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

A Palestinian was killed and 176 were wounded by Israeli army fire as thousands of Gaza residents protested near their sealed border - part of a weeks-long campaign to end a decade-old blockade of the territory.

The use of force by the Israel Defense Force, including live fire, has taken a severe toll on Palestinian journalists, Mansour said.

Israel says the demonstrations are orchestrated by Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza.

Essential services in Gaza are "barely able to function" after "years of blockade, internal divide and a chronic energy crisis", the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs also stated this week. Israel will not allow the destruction of infrastructure at the border, said the IDF spokesperson.

Mr Sinwar said he hoped Israel would not shoot at what he called "peaceful" protests.

No Israelis casualties have been reported, although several fires have erupted along the border after kites carrying improvised incendiary devices made their way into Israel.

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man on Friday (May 11) during a seventh week of protests on the Gaza border, the enclave's health ministry said.

Organisers said they expected tens of thousands of Gazans at border encampments in the coming days.

Demonstrations this week were once again met with violence from Israeli forces who fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at protesters participating in the Great March of Return.

Israel says Hamas uses the marches as cover for terrorist attacks.

The stalled reconciliation process between the Palestinian Authority that rules the West Bank and the de facto authority in Gaza have further deepened the economic and social distress of children and their families in Gaza, with power cuts across the strip and salary cuts of thousands of PA employees. It is also the right thing to do.

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