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Firing back at global condemnations over Gaza border casualties

Firing back at global condemnations over Gaza border casualties

"They would allow people to demonstrate peacefully without threatening their lives".

In the second, according to the IDF, two people succeeded in breaching the border and threw what it described as "explosive devices" at Israeli troops, and both were shot and killed. It said troops "had operated in accordance with the rules of engagement" to stop people crossing the border.

Rami Hamdallah's convoy was attacked just after it crossed through the Israeli-controlled Erez checkpoint, known to Palestinians as Beit Hanoun.

It also released a photo appearing to show a group of youths tugging at barbed wire along the fence.

Hamas had hoped Abbas would back down on measures taken against Gaza, including salary cuts, and hoped Egypt would succeed in resuming reconciliation efforts and overcoming the crisis.

Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate Nakba Day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by Israelis in 1948. Israel has warned protesters to keep their distance from the fence, and its army has previously opened fire on protesters who approach the border or who attempt to target Israel with firebombs or other weaponry.

Israel respectfully disagrees. Israelis selfishly affirm their right to live in their Jewish state.




Heavy Israeli gunfire was heard Friday afternoon as the crowd broke away from a larger protest and moved toward the fence.

There were no special instructions given to residents of the Israeli communities near Gaza, despite the multiple security incidents along the border.

Azzam Oweida, 15, was hit in the head during protests in southern Gaza on Friday, the ministry said.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made his appeal ahead of a fifth round of Gaza marches on Friday, aimed in part at trying to break a decade-long blockade of the territory.

The parliament of the Palestine Liberation Organisation will convene for the first time in decades on Monday (April 30), as ageing President Mahmud Abbas seeks to strengthen his hand ahead of the United States embassy move to Jerusalem.

The return march protests are calling for millions of Palestinians to be allowed to return to their historic homes, that are now inside Israel.

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