Palestinians bury nine killed in border clashes with Israel

Nine Gazans were killed and over 1,000 wounded in the day's clashes.

In Khan Younis, also in Gaza's south, Usama Khamis Musallam Qudeih, 29, died after he was shot in the head by soldiers. "I would be happy if we could live in peace, but they don't want to sit and talk with us". Friday's protest, however, was smaller in scale than that of last week, which was estimated to bring together about 30,000 Palestinians.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says there are "no innocent people" in the Gaza Strip where 30 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since March 30 in protests and clashes.

"IDF troops fired toward them", the army said. Almost 500 were injured by live fire, the Gaza health ministry stated.

It is reported that the Palestinian press association denounced the murder of Murtaja, and announced plans to contact the International Court of Justice in The Hague regarding the matter.

UK's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned Israel's killing of at least 27 Palestinians on the Gaza border as an "outrage" and attacked Western "silence" about the deaths.

"This is despite Israeli authorities having set a 300-meter limit for approaching the fence, according to news reports". "The result was foreseeable deaths and injuries of demonstrators on the other side of a border who posed no imminent threat to life", he said. The injured Palestinian was taken to hospital in severe condition.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society, which has established five advanced medical posts near various protest sites, also warned of a shortage of medical supplies and of personal protective equipment for their 400-person team.

The Israeli military on Sunday said it located two improvised explosive devices next to the Gaza-Israel border, which it said were planted by three militants seen penetrating the perimeter fence earlier in the day.

It is hardly the first time that the Trump administration has demonstrated its callous disregard for Palestinian lives.

On 30 March, Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians as tens of thousands of protesters gathered at the Israeli border.

The European Union also laid the blame on Palestinians, albeit more subtly than the U.S. administration.

Already reeling under a severe humanitarian crisis due to the long-running Israeli blockade, hospitals in Gaza are now overwhelmed by the large number of injured and is in urgent need of anesthesia and other essentials.

On Saturday, the European Union raised questions over whether Israeli troops engaged in "proportionate use of force".

Its main message is to call for the right of return for Palestinian refugees who were driven from their homes in the territories taken over by Israel during the 1948 war, known to Arabs as the Nakba.

The Gaza Strip is but one of the focal points in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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