Palestinians Riot on Gaza Border, but Major Violent Escalation Avoided

21 Octubre, 2018, 19:31 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • Illustrative Lightning is seen above the coastal city of Netanya

A Palestinian official said Egyptian security officials had held separate meetings in the past few days with Israeli counterparts and with leaders of the Palestinian Hamas group that rules Gaza in an effort to prevent an escalation in violence.

Protests continue on the Israel-Gaza border; Trey Yingst reports from the scene.

Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant group quickly denied firing the rockets.

The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza claimed 130 Palestinians were wounded in the disturbances.

The warnings of the United Nations official to the possibility of war in the Gaza Strip come after the council of ministers of the Israeli entity issued on Wednesday instructions to the occupation army to escalate its response to the marches of return, which continue since March 30, describing the demonstrations as riots on the security fence in the Gaza Strip.

Mosque loudspeakers in the Palestinian enclave urged Gazans to attend Friday's demonstrations, despite statements by Gaza's leaders that Hamas seeks to rein in the protests.

Euro-Med said in a statement "The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor calls on the worldwide community to exert serious pressure to put an end to the targeting of Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip and to protect their right to peaceful assembly".

Just before Palestinians struck a residential home in Beersheba early Wednesday and launched another projectile into the Mediterranean, Lieberman that Israel is "not prepared to accept the level of violence", calling on the Cabinet to authorize an incursion into Gaza, stressing that "a serious blow to Hamas could bring us at least five more years of quiet".

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Israeli aircraft carried four airstrikes on arson balloons launchers.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 115 people were injured, many by live ammunition.

The Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli siege since 2007 and witnessed three wars since 2008.

The official unemployment rate has reached 53 percent in the Palestinian enclave, over 70 percent among Palestinian youth, he said, citing numbers from the World Bank.

Israeli forces showered the demonstrators with tear gas and occasionally live fire.

Since March, Palestinians have moved right up to the border fence every Friday and occasionally breached it, leading to clashes in which more than 200 Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed.

This latest escalation comes after dozens of Israeli tanks amassed around Gaza ahead of Friday's protests.

According to the new policy, Palestinian protesters will have to maintain a greater distance from the buffer zone - otherwise, Israeli troops have been ordered to open fire.

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