Published: Sat, October 13, 2018

Palestinians killed by Israeli forces at Gaza border protests: health officials

Palestinians killed by Israeli forces at Gaza border protests: health officials

"In addition, Hamas continues to welcome any terrorist attack and encourages the Palestinians, residents of the West Bank, to carry out attacks against Israeli citizens".

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians on the Gaza border have been mounting since late March, which marked the start of a wave of protests called the "Great March of Return".

Israeli troops are searching for the assailant, who was seen making his way toward Huwara, a Palestinian village near Nablus, Haaretz reported.

Israeli soldiers also shot and killed Afifi Mahmoud Afifi, 18, in eastern Gaza City, Qudra said.

PLO executive Ahmad Majdalani said his organization informed the United Nations that Mladenov's actions harmed "Palestinian national security and the unity of our people".

A Middle East Eye photographer in Gaza added that three Palestinian youth approached the Israeli military fence, crossed it and got into a fist-fight with Israeli snipers stationed west of the fence. In a statement, the army said troops "spotted a number of assailants who climbed the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip".

Israeli soldiers on Friday opened fire at Palestinian protesters, killing five and wounding 50, according to Palestinian health officials.


Israeli army spokesperson Jonathan Conricus said on Twitter an "organised attack" had involved around 20 Palestinians crossing the border after an explosive device destroyed a portion of the fence.

The Israeli army said five were shot dead after breaking through the border fence and attacking an army post.

More than 150 Palestinians participating in or present at the marches have been killed since they began.

The order was issued by Israeli minister of military affairs Avigdor Lieberman.

The majority were killed during border demonstrations, though others have died in airstrikes and tank shelling.

Israel accuses Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests to provide cover for attacks. He gave the order following intense clashes between Israeli soldiers and anti-occupation protesters.

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