Four Palestinians killed in blast near Gaza-Israel border

14 April, 2018, 20:14 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Gaza Ministry: Hundreds Injured as Violence Erupts Along Gaza-Israeli Border

"While it appears that the vast majority of Palestinians who have gathered to protest have been peaceful, we object to reported cases of non-peaceful actions carried out by some Gaza protesters, and we call on them to exercise their rights nonviolently".

Jason Greenblatt, the USA envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, said in a statement, "We condemn leaders and protesters who call for violence or who send protesters - including children - to the fence, knowing that they may be injured or killed".

The Saturday's deaths took the toll to over 30 since the Great March of Return protests erupted on March 30.

"We have no knowledge of any Israeli strike in the area", he said.

Footage distributed by the military showed an area of the fence made up of several layers of barbed wire coils.

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Others hurled stones and burning tyres near the frontier fence, where Israeli army sharpshooters are deployed.

Israel and Egypt have enforced a blockade since Hamas overran the territory in 2007.

Thursday's fatality raises the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire over the past two weeks to 33.

It usually employs those terms to refer to casualties caused by the accidental detonation of weapons or explosives used in attacks against Israel.

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It had pledged to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and said there have been attempts at all three. The Ministry said a total of 969 were injured on Friday.

Human rights groups have reiterated that soldiers can only use lethal force if they face an apparent imminent threat to their lives.

The group said in a statement that it was "mourning its fighters who were martyred during preparations". "Palestinian women are always at the forefront", she said proudly.

The group has been criticised in Israel for publishing often anonymous testimony by current or former Israeli soldiers who have misgivings about their military service and treatment of Palestinians.

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