Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

One Palestinian killed, 163 wounded by Israeli fire in Gaza

One Palestinian killed, 163 wounded by Israeli fire in Gaza

Islam Herzallah, 28, who was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces at the eastern border of the Gaza Strip, was announced dead of his wounds on Friday evening, according to the Ministry of Health.

Ahmed Abu Hussein, a photographer for the Voice of the People Radio-a radio station affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-was hit by a live round in his abdomen while he was covering the protests east of the northern Gazan city of Jabalya, according to his employer, the PJS, and news reports.

The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately reply to CPJ's email requesting comment.

A Palestinian was killed and more than 200 others wounded during clashes with Israeli troops as thousands gathered in protest along the Gaza-Israel border. Two journalists were also wounded by gunfire, the Palestinian journalists' syndicate said, a week after a Gazan journalist was killed. Walter Miller, U.S. representative to the United Nations, said "bad actors" were using the "protests as a cover to incite violence".

The protests since March 30 posed a challenge to Israel, which dismissed criticism of its use of live fire, saying its rules of engagement are necessary and will not change.

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Israeli snipers have shot protesters that the Israeli military said had approached the border fence.

The explosion struck a three-wheeled vehicle near one of the five protest camps Palestinians have set up along the volatile Gaza-Israel border in recent weeks.

Israel has accused Hamas and other militant groups of seeking to use the Gaza protests as cover for planning attacks.

The marches have been organized by Hamas, but large turnouts on two preceding Fridays were also driven by desperation among the territory's 2 million residents.

"Contrary to reports now circulating I can tell you that the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) is not aware of any IDF fire in the area surrounding Rafah", the spokesman said.

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"I am not afraid of death because there is no life in Gaza already", she said.

Akram reported from Khuzaa, Gaza Strip.

The Friday's rally was the third round part of a six-week long protest expected to reach its peak on May 15, the day Israel celebrates its establishment.

Egypt, battling an Islamist insurgency in neighbouring Sinai, keeps its border with Gaza largely closed.

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