Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Palestinian killed and 49 wounded during Gaza border protest

Palestinian killed and 49 wounded during Gaza border protest

However, no Israeli soldiers or civilians have been injured or killed since the start of the protests, in Gaza strip, May 11, 2018.

Al-Qidra also said that Jabr Salem Abu Mustafa, a 40-year-old demonstrator, had been killed near the border after being shot in the chest near the southern city of Khan Younis.

The protests also took place at the contact points in different cities, including the northern entrance of Bethlehem and Ramallah.

Days after President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, tensions in the Middle East have spiked sharply, raising concerns that the pending US Embassy move to Jerusalem will further ratchet up conflict with unpredictable outcomes for the Middle East, according to a CNN report.

Several thousand people are rallying in Jordan to mark the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call their "nakba", or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were uprooted from their homes in the Mideast war over Israel's creation.

"My own discussions with many different Palestinians is that there remains a significant interest for peace, for a better life, for better education ... and all the things that could be made available in this region if there was more peace and less violence".

Friday's death brings to 41 the number of protesters killed since weekly border protests began in late March.

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Israel's military said some 15,000 Palestinians took part in Friday's protest.

Israeli soldiers, some crouching behind sand berms, fired live bullets and tear gas volleys from the other side of the fence. There were protests across Jerusalem and in the West Bank, which is occupied by Israel, in December over the USA decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

According to the IDF, today the riots were attended by about 15 thousand Palestinian Arabs, there were five pockets of unrest on the border with the Gaza strip.

A report by the aid charity Save the Children, published on Friday, said that during the protests, at least 250 Gazan children had been hit with live bullets, among almost 700 children injured overall.

Palestinian protesters drag a burning tire during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on Friday.

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But Hamas leader Yehiyeh Sinwar contends that Israel's borders are not internationally recognized and therefore do not need to be respected. As a result of the embargo the overwhelming majority of Gaza's residents live in poverty and 43 percent of the population is unemployed, the highest jobless rate in the world.

The army said its recommendation to shutter the crossing, which ordinarily sees hundreds of goods-bearing trucks pass into Gaza each day, was approved by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. Israel is a critical ally and bulwark of United States imperialism in the Middle East; therefore, as the Trump administration prepares to launch war against Iran, the media is playing its dutiful role in covering up the crimes of the Israeli government.

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