Jerusalem – Israel's defense minister says troops acted appropriately by only firing on Palestinian protesters who charged toward Gaza's border with Israel. Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that those who protested peacefully were not harmed, and he rejected accusations of excessive use of force in the mass protests Friday in which 15 Palestinians were killed. It was the area's deadliest violence in four years. Gaza's ruling militant Hamas group has touted the protests as the launch of a six-week campaign against the territory's decade-old blockade. Israel says thousands of Palestinians approached the border, with hundreds engaged in acts of violence ranging from rock-throwing to hurling firebombs to opening fire at Israeli troops guarding the border.
GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP – Thousands of Palestinians marched to Gaza's border with Israel on Friday in the largest such demonstration in recent memory, and 15 were killed by Israeli fire on the first day of what Hamas organizers said will be six weeks of daily protests against a stifling border blockade. It was the bloodiest day in the strip since the 2014 cross-border war between Israel and Hamas. Fourteen of the marchers were killed and more than 750 wounded by Israeli fire in clashes along the border fence, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. Another Palestinian was killed earlier Friday. The Israeli military said thousands of Palestinians threw stones and rolled burning tires toward troops deployed on the other side of the border fence.
JERUSALEM – Thousands of Palestinians on Friday took part in a mass protest along the Gaza Strip's volatile border with Israel, the second large-scale demonstration in what is expected to be a steady turnout over the coming weeks. Nearly 30 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in two mass protests over the past eight days. Gaza's Hamas rulers, who are orchestrating the demonstrations, say the protests are against a decade-old border blockade by Israel. But Israel accuses the Islamic militant group of using the protests as cover for trying to infiltrate the border and attack Israelis. It has warned that anyone approaching the border fence is risking their lives.
Demonstrators are lining up along the fence dividing Israel and Gaza. At least three of the 52 Palestinians reportedly killed Monday in clashes ahead of the Jerusalem opening of the U.S. Embassy to Israel were "armed terrorists" caught trying to plant a bomb near the Gaza border fence, Israel's military said. More than 35,000 protesters amassed at a dozen locations along the security fence, with many engaging in skirmishes that pushed the death toll Monday to the highest in Gaza since a 2014 cross-border standoff between the militant group Hamas and the Jewish state, according to the Associated Press. Gaza health officials told the news agency that 52 people so far have been killed in Monday's violence, and at least 772 have been wounded. May 14, 2018: Palestinian medics and protesters evacuate a wounded man during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip.
Palestinians in Gaza have marched in their thousands to the Israel border at the start of a six-week-long protest. Palestinian officials say one farmer and one protester have been killed and dozens of demonstrators wounded by Israeli gunfire. The Israeli military reported "rioting" at six places and said it was "firing towards main instigators". Palestinians have pitched five camps near the border for the protest, dubbed the Great March of Return. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said there were about 17,000 Palestinians in five locations along the border fence.