More deaths in Gaza as protests continue

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Israeli troops fire teargas at Palestinians during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel.

It said that the medics will always provide the needed treatment to all wounded Palestinians despite the ongoing and escalating Israeli violations against them, in direct violation of International Law.

Tens of thousands of Gazans continue to protest at the border for the third week in a row.

More than 10,000 Palestinians are participating in demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border.

Palestinian medical officials said Israeli troops opened fire on the demonstrators, killing one and wounding 220.

It added, "The large number of casualties among unarmed demonstrators, including a high percentage of demonstrators hit by live ammunition, has raised concerns about excessive use of force".

Israel has accused Gaza's Hamas rulers of using the protests as a cover for attacks and says snipers only target the main "instigators".

Israeli soldiers deliberately targeted field clinics with gas bombs, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza. Rights groups say the military's open-fire orders are unlawful.

Palestinian reports cited the use of tear gas and "live rounds", while the Israel Defense Forces said its troops were "firing in accordance with the rules of engagement".


The injuries were sustained during a mass protest Friday on Gaza's sealed border with Israel, the third in as many consecutive Fridays.

The IDF said there was "rioting" at five locations along the border. The Israeli authorities have stated that numerous fatalities were members of Hamas and other armed groups, and accused the MoH of inflating the number of wounded by live ammunition.

In all, 27 protesters were killed and hundreds wounded by army fire since late March. The protests are scheduled to last more than six weeks and end on May 15, known as "Nakba Day".

Near Salsabil, Sarah, a 20-year-old girl, carried auto tires to demonstrators and helped young men pull up barbed wire placed by the Israeli army before the border fence.

The Israeli military also displayed a video footage in which the frontier fence is seen being cut and breached during the recent clashes.

Several thousand people gathered Friday at a tent camp east of Gaza City.

The marches are organized by Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas, but turnout is also being driven by desperation among the territory's 2 million residents.

Protesters want refugees to be allowed to return to ancestral land now in Israel. This statement was submitted to the Israeli Supreme Court, in response to a petition by two injured Palestinians, who were denied passage to a Ramallah hospital, reportedly leading to the amputation of limbs. This would not have been possible if the organization were linked in any way to Hamas, which the U.S. and Israel proscribe as a "terrorist" group.

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