Palestinians in Gaza Make the Best of Life, with Fun and Games

Palestinians in Gaza Make the Best of Life, with Fun and Games

Palestinians in Gaza Make the Best of Life, with Fun and Games

Israeli live fire from across the border fence killed a 28-year-old Palestinian man and wounded at least 223, Gaza health officials said.

The rapper filmed the protest rap video at the Gaza border on the frontline of the "Great March of Return" amid ongoing protests, burning tires and thick plumes of smoke.

The military said that demonstrators hurled an explosive device and several fire bombs near the fence in what it said was an apparent attempt to damage it.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Middle East Eye on Friday morning that they would look into whether the army had carried out any operations near Khan Younis on Thursday evening, and said that the army "cannot comment on what is happening inside Gaza". Since late March, 27 Palestinians were killed in protests.

Palestinians accused Israel of using disproportionate fire saying IDF soldiers opened fire on protesters to who not pose a threat.

Israelis say demanding they be allowed to return amounts to calling for the Jewish state to cease to exist. Others have been hit by tank fire.

The ministry says 203 of those hurt were treated at hospitals and the rest at field clinics.

Israeli authorities explicitly referenced the two youths' participation in recent mass protests as the reason why the request was rejected.

The ministry did not provide a breakdown according to types of injuries.

A member of the military wing of Hamas was killed in the attack, Muhammad Hajila, sources in Gaza said, adding that he had been near the Palestinian machine gun positions that had shot at the aircraft.

Thousands of Palestinians gathered at five tent camps, several hundred meters (yards) from the border fence.

Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber-coated steel pellets and live rounds.

"Israel over the past two Fridays was using excessive force against the demonstrations", said Abdulati.

There were so far fewer protesters on Friday than in the two previous demonstrations, which saw tens of thousands gather near the border with Israel at five locations. Smaller groups moved closer to the fence, throwing stones, torching tires and burning large Israeli flags.

An Israeli military spokesman said troops were being confronted by rioters and "responding with riot dispersal means while also firing in accordance with the rules of engagement".

The marches are organized by Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas, but turnout is also being driven by desperation among the territory's 2 million residents.

Gaza leaders have planned a series of so-called Marches of Return culminating in a planned million-strong march in mid-May, to coincide with Israel's 70th Independence Day, the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, and Nakba Day - when the Palestinians mark what they call the "catastrophe" that befell them with Israel's creation.

FILE COPY Israeli soldiers hold a position during clashes with Palestinian protestors. Rights groups say military's open-fire orders are unlawful.

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