Israeli forces kill Palestinian journalist covering Gaza rally

Terror march

Thousands of protesters approached the border fence around Gaza for a second Friday in a row, burning tyres and hurling stones at Israeli forces, who responded with tear gas and live ammunition.

Yaser Murtaja, a cameraman for Palestinian Ain Media, was wearing a "PRESS" flak jacket as he was shot by an Israeli sniper Friday.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Saturday accused Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, of "sending terrorists under the guise of civilians to harm our sovereignty".

"Israeli soldiers were not merely using excessive force, but were apparently acting on orders that all but ensured a bloody military response to the Palestinian demonstrations", said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement.

No injuries were reported on the Israeli side.

He further told the demonstrators that "the killing and wounding of yet more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza is an outrage", underlining that "firing live ammunition into crowds of unarmed civilians is illegal and inhumane and can not be tolerated".

The rally, known as the "Great March of Return", is considered Gaza's largest mass protest in the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as tens of thousands of Palestinians gather near the Gaza-Israel border on a daily basis.

Jerusalem: The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces during protests in the Gaza Strip has climbed to 10 while over 1,000 others were wounded by bullets, Palestinian officials said on Saturday.

Attempts were made by Palestinians to infiltrate into Israel under the cover of a smoke screen, in addition to explosive devices and firebombs thrown toward IDF soldiers and attempts to damage the security fence, the IDF said.

Israeli police say a Palestinian who tried to stab an Israeli within the West Financial institution has been shot.

Israel said around 20,000 people took part in the protests and that they were seeking to breach the border. U.S. President Donald Trump had said that the shifting of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which has been widely condemned internationally, will take place during the Nakba, which Israel celebrates as its day of establishment. Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf Al Qedra confirmed that 10 people had died during the clashes.

Further adding, the Israeli authorities have violated the worldwide human rights law in taking up arms against peaceful protesters.

Deloire urged an independent investigation of the incident.



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