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Israel Fires Shells at Palestinians Who Crossed Gaza Border Fence, Military Says

Since then, 32 Palestinians have died in the Gaza Strip, reports IANS.The six-week protest campaign to mark Land Day, is an annual commemoration of a 1976 protest against Israeli confiscation of Arab-owned land.Israel deployed snipers along the border fence and warned it would not allow anyone to cross or approach, or put the security of its citizens in danger.

Jerusalem: The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces during protests in the Gaza Strip has climbed to 10 while over 1,000 others were wounded by bullets, Palestinian officials said on Saturday.

He said his brother had been detained by Israeli forces after being shot at the checkpoint.

There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties.

Despite these efforts, more than 1,300 Palestinians were injured - around 30 of them critically - by Israeli forces in Gaza on Friday.

"We stand in solidarity with the Israelis who have taken to the streets this last week to protest their government's actions", he said.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said Friday that Israel's firing on the Gazans "raises serious questions about the proportionate use of force which must be addressed". Teiby and other Palestinian members of the Knesset have also called for opening a probe into the killing of photojournalist Yasser Mortagy and the injury of other photographers during the protests of the "Great March of Return".

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Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says there are "no innocent people" in the Gaza Strip where 30 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since March 30 in protests and clashes.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society has "also warned of a shortage of medical supplies and of personal protective equipment for their 400-person team deployed across Gaza".

"Everyone's connected to Hamas, everyone gets a salary from Hamas, and all the activists trying to challenge us and breach the [Gaza] border are Hamas military wing activists", he added.

The killings of demonstrators, including one journalist, elicited criticism from the United Nations, EU and elsewhere.

Five Israelis - three settlers and two soldiers - were killed by Palestinians in the West Bank during the same period.

At the same time, the European Union justified Israel's use of force "when defending its legitimate security interests", but urged that it commit violence against Palestinians with "proportionality".



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