Two more killed as Gaza death toll reaches 21

Lucy Bush
April 6, 2018

The latest deaths are likely to add to worldwide concerns over the violence, which human rights groups have said involved live fire against demonstrators posing no immediate threat to life.

An Israeli rights group plans to urge Israeli soldiers to defy orders to fire on Palestinian protesters who for the last several days have held mass demonstrations on the Gaza-Israel border.

Israel has maintained a blockade on Gaza for more than a decade that it argues is necessary to isolate Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008.

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"The Palestinian leadership had insisted these demonstrations are peaceful, but this past Friday, the world witnessed them turn violent as Hamas and its affiliates exploited women and children as human shields and sent armed terrorists to battle", he wrote. "Anyone trying to approach the fence is putting their lives at risk".

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Demonstrators demand that Palestinian refugees be granted the "right of return" to their towns and villages in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

"In light of this coming Friday's #Gaza march, Israeli forces should exercise maximum restraint and Palestinians should avoid friction at the fence", he wrote on Twitter.

A Palestinian was killed by an Israeli air strike on the Gaza border early Thursday, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said, as tensions increased ahead of new protests. But they have stopped short of specifically threatening a mass breach of the border fence. The last round collapsed last month, in part because Hamas refused to disarm.

Manelis said that "in some cases burning tires are rolled towards the fence, causing damage and endangering the lives of soldiers". Israel blames Hamas and Islamic Jihad for the violence, and warned it will strike deep inside Gaza if provoked. The military accused Hamas of using the large crowds as cover to carry out attacks. Their rival, the Palestinian Authority, has been feckless at pursuing peace with Israel and previous year imposed its own punitive measures on Gaza, including cutting salaries, in a bid to end Hamas's control.

In a protest camp near the village of Khuzaa in central Gaza, about 500 meters (yards) from the border fence, organizers were busy preparing for the next round of marches.

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This week, young Gazans are collecting thousands of tires to burn.

"After meeting with the representatives I will re-examine the agreement again", he said.

Israel considers the vast majority of the migrants to be job-seekers and says it has no legal obligation to keep them.

The death brings the toll for Friday's clashes to 18 Palestinians killed, with two more killed since the border protest.

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