Israel's War Crimes in Gaza Continues

Prof. H. Frisch

Prof. H. FrischINN BESA

Blaming the protesters "of trying to storm into Israel", the IDF deployed both live fire and tear gas at the protesters, while fire trucks sprayed water at the burning tyres on the other side of the border.

In Khan Younis, also in Gaza's south, Usama Khamis Musallam Qudeih, 29, died after he was shot in the head by soldiers.

During the latest protest, at least 9 Palestinians were killed, and 1,070 others were injured during clashes with Israeli forces, and at least 5 are in serious condition.

Palestinian news agency Maan said that an Israeli tank fired twice towards the Strip, however the Israeli military said it only used small arms fire.

Earlier on Friday, the United Nations human rights office deplored the reported use of "excessive force" by Israeli soldiers during the March 30 protests in Gaza, where at least 16 people were killed and more than 1,000 others injured.

On Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared that there are "no innocent people" among the 30 Palestinians killed by Israeli sniper fire last week during the "Great March of Return" protests, as unarmed demonstrators in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip demand that Palestinian refugees be returned their ancestral lands seized by Israel.

His brother, who was stood beside him when he was shot, said journalists were deliberately targeted by Israeli troops during the protest.

The medical humanitarian organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), warned that in the weeks to come, more medical assistance would be required due to the increasing intensity of use of force by the Israeli forces.

Tonge criticized the absence of her fellow members of the House of Lords from the demonstration and their unwillingness to take any appropriate measures to stop the massacres committed against the Palestinians.

It called for clarification of Israeli military reports that Palestinians stoned and firebombed their positions and tried to cross the fence into Israel.

Qoneba is charged also with involvement in "numerous attempts to carry out terror attacks against soldiers and Israeli civilians, and committing additional security offenses", the army said in a statement.

Israel's army said it "does not intentionally target journalists".

A Palestinian journalist shot dead by Israeli forces when he was covering a mass demonstration along the Gaza border.

Deloire urged an independent investigation of the incident.

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