Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza border clashes: ministry

34 Palestinians have been shot dead during the protests and more than 1,500 have been wounded by live fire according to the Gaza health ministry. REUTERS  Mohammed Salem

Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza border clashes: ministry

With over 40 Palestinians killed and more than 5,500 injured during protests in Gaza over the past month many by live ammunition the top United Nations human rights official has called on Israel to ensure that its security forces do not resort to use of excessive force amid the ongoing demonstrations.

Shortly before Mansour's remarks, violence broke out Friday at a Palestinian rally near the Israeli border, with three Palestinians killed and more than 880 injured, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. In the context of an occupation such as Gaza, killings resulting from the unlawful use of force may also constitute wilful killings which are a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

They have been shot down for participating in "March of Return" protests at the Israeli border fence that have drawn tens of thousands each Friday since March 30.

This is the fifth consecutive week of mass protests.

The charge on the border happened late Friday, in the latest in a series of weekly protests on Gaza's border with Israel.

Hassan al-Jeddi, a photographer for the local pro-Hamas news website Shams News, inhaled tear gas while covering protests east of Al-Bureij, according to news reports and local journalists.

Gazan medical officials said two people remain in critical condition with 200 more wounded.

The Israeli army said more than 10,000 Palestinians had been rioting and its troops had fired in line with the rules of engagement.

The Hamas terrorist organization organized the mass riots under the banner of the "March of Return", seeking to escalate protests the next few weeks leading up to Israel's 70th Anniversary celebrations next month and the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.

Oweida was the fourth person to have died from Friday's clashes, according to the ministry's figures, which said 955 people were wounded during the protests.

Protests are expected to continue after May 15, the day the Palestinians mark the founding of Israel.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has called for a global arms embargo against Israel, accusing its forces of committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

A statement by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat blasted Israel for trying to portray the Palestinian demonstrators as a match to its armed forces.

Danny Danon told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday there is nothing peaceful about Palestinians putting explosives on the fence, firing over it, setting off firebombs, burning tires and throwing Molotov cocktails.

Hamas has denied the allegations.

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