Gaza toll rises to 17 after Palestinian dies of wounds - ministry

Gaza toll rises to 17 after Palestinian dies of wounds - ministry

A medic works at the scene of clashes at the Israel-Gaza border on April 1, 2018.

Israeli forces Monday detained three Palestinians near the border crossing east of Khan Younes, south of the Gaza Strip.

More than 750 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire in Friday's protest, according to Gaza health officials, making it the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war.

Israel accuses Hamas of using the protest as cover to carry out violence. And Israel says its troops shot at those who posed a danger. Gen. Ronen Manelis, has portrayed stone-throwing, tire burning and other actions by protesters near the border fence as "acts of terror".

In an AFP photo before his injury, Raqib is seen carrying one of the wounded away from the clashes.

The Israeli military accused Hamas of releasing videos that were either incomplete, edited or "completely fabricated".

The military said troops followed strict rules of engagement, and that protesters were putting themselves in "harm's way" by operating in a risky area.

The army has since said that those killed were among protesters close to the fence who were acting violently toward its soldiers.

Despite this, dozens of Israelis demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Sunday against the violence, criticizing Israel for its response.

Lieberman's comments raised the possibility of more bloodshed this Friday, when another mass protest is expected.

Along with firebombs and rocks, organizers of the protests have stockpiled tires, to be set on fire and hurled at the security fence.

In one video, a man later identified as Ibrahim Abu Shanab is seen kneeling on the ground in the first of two rows of worshippers Friday, facing the border fence at a distance of 150 to 200 meters.

Palestinian teen Bassel Al-Helo winced in pain as he rolled over in a hospital bed Sunday, after having been shot by Israeli soldiers during a protest on the Gaza-Israel border.

The global group Human Rights Watch accused Lieberman and other senior Israeli officials Tuesday of unlawfully calling for the use of live fire against Palestinian protesters who posed no imminent threat to life.

"This was an incident where soldiers were firing from behind the fence, separated by buffer zones and other objects, firing on individuals well behind the fence, in some cases retreating, not moving forward, or advancing without posing imminent threat", he said.

Immediately he was verbally assaulted by the Israeli public along with senior Israeli officials, including Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who called for him to be sacked. We were at the border yesterday and met an 18-year-old Palestinian, Hamada Zaza (ph).

Al-Quds Bridgades, a military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization, also announced that Arkab was a member of the Brigades.

"Israel can not allow violent Palestinians who are being sent by an organization whose aim is to destroy the state" to enter Israeli territory, he said.

Hamas has been further weakened by worldwide isolation and financial pressure by the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, along with three wars against Israel.

Palestinians call May 15 as the Nakba Day, or Day of Catastrophe, as a large number of Palestinians have been displaced since 1948.

Hamas leaders have invested $260 million in terror infrastructure in Gaza rather than in water, electricity or education for their people, charged Liberman.

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