Israeli forces kill one near Gaza border

Hugh Fox
April 5, 2018

Trump spoke earlier with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, who asked the President to promote the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and emphasised Saudi Arabia's support for the creation a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Gaza's continued border closure has made governing increasingly hard for Hamas, an Islamic militant group sworn to Israel's destruction that seized control of Gaza in 2007.

Israel's defense minister says the country's military will continue to fire on protesters from Gaza who come too close to the security fence that runs along the length of the occupied territory.

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"We have set very clear rules [of engagement] and we have no intention of changing them", Liberman said. Two days before the march, the Israeli army's chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, said in interviews that his soldiers were prepared to use live fire to quell violent rioting and that 100 Israeli snipers would be put into place around the border to assist in the task. Tamar Zandberg, the newly elected head of the left-wing Meretz party, called on the government to open an independent investigation into the violence on the Gaza border.

ON 30 MARCH, Palestinians from all different political and social spectrum began promoting and engaging in peaceful national and grassroots activities to protest the Israeli occupation. He argued that there would have been far more bloodshed in the event of a mass border breach. Others suggested trying to disrupt the vision of soldiers with mirrors. About 150 tires of all sizes were piled up at a traffic circle Tuesday, waiting to be transported to the nearby tent camp.

USA author Max Blumenthal's book, "The 51 Day War: Reistance and Ruin in Gaza", is a chronicle of the human spirit unbowed in the face of brute oppression.

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"It's also our right to look for suitable ways to force Israel to release Palestinian prisoners", he added.

The latest violence comes in response to a large-scale Palestinian protest known as the "Great March of the Return". Palestinians mourn the date as the anniversary of their "nakba", or "catastrophe", when hundreds of thousands were uprooted from their communities in what is now Israel.

The killing continued on Tuesday when a Palestinian from Deir Al Balah, in the center of the Gaza Strip, was shot dead during a demonstrations held in the eastern area of the Bureij refugee camp. However, Hamas leaders have not said specifically that large crowds would attempt to tear down the fence.

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