Israeli fighter jets hit Hamas after bomb on Gaza border

Israeli fighter jets hit Hamas after bomb on Gaza border

Israeli fighter jets hit Hamas after bomb on Gaza border

In a statement, Ashraf al-Qidra, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman, also confirmed the death of Abdullah Mohammad ash-Shari, 28, who was injured by a live bullet during a peaceful demonstration on the border of the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians are still streaming to tent camps along Gaza's border with Israel for its third of what are to function as mass protests before mid-May.

On Saturday, journalist Yaser Murtaja, 30, was killed by Israeli forces while covering the protests, despite him wearing a flak jacket clearly marked with the word "Press". No Israelis have been hurt.

Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, April 13, 2018.

Israeli army forces have been stationed along the fence separatingt Gaza from Israel for the past two weeks, using tear gas, snipers firing live ammunition, tank shelling, and air strikes. According to AFP, the protests are expect to continue until mid-May, when US President Donald Trump plans to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem, a move that has deeply angered the Palestinians.

Israel's defence minister praised the sniper, but criticised the soldier who filmed the incident.

Israel has drawn sharp criticism for its open-fire orders along the border, including its warnings that those approaching or trying to damage the fence would be targeted.

Hamada, the construction worker, was critical of Hamas, saying the group has set back Gaza by decades, but added that "this is the reality and we have to deal with it".

The Palestinians consider the eastern part of Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The ministry says 406 demonstrators suffered other types of injuries Friday, including being hit by rubber-coated steel pellets and being overcome by tear gas.

At least eight Palestinian protesters were wounded as Israeli troops fired on demonstrators who gathered for a third consecutive Friday of mass protests along Gaza's border with Israel. No Israeli casualties have been reported. Palestinians say protesters are being shot while posing no threat to soldiers. Israeli troopers used big followers in a bid to push the smoke away.

The Israeli government accuses Hamas, the Islamist movement that has ruled Gaza largely since Israeli soldiers and settlers withdrew in 2005, of having instigated the protests and of using them as cover to launch attacks. He sings in the video: "Don't mourn the martyr, it is time for the flowers to be picked".

Adalah attorney Sawsan Zaher said that "the amputation of the two young men's legs could have been prevented if the state had complied with its obligations under global humanitarian law and human rights law".

The protest began on March 30, and is expected to culminate on May 15.

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