Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

IDF fires first ‘warning shot’ at arson terrorists in Gaza

IDF fires first ‘warning shot’ at arson terrorists in Gaza

Erekat's piece, titled "Trump Provides the anti-Palestinian Incitement, Israel the Bullets" was published days after violent clashes on the Gaza border peaked on May 14 during protests against the embassy opening, attended by American and Israeli dignitaries including Jared and Ivanka Trump just miles away from where over 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in the single bloodiest day of conflict since the 2014 war.

Israel has said the dead included gunmen who used civilians as cover for gun and grenade attacks or infiltration attempts.

The General Assembly last held a vote on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in December, when it condemned the USA for its decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

French news agency Agence France Press said one of its photographers, Mohammed Abed al-Baba, was wounded at a mass rally after Israeli forces opened fire.

"I think what happened yesterday is a red card from everybody to the Israelis to (get them to) understand that they (only) have a right to organise, or play football within their internationally recognised borders", he said in English, pointing out the final status of Jerusalem is supposed to be the subject of negotiations between the parties. They had tagged this Friday's demonstrations as the "Friday of Jerusalem" to commemorate the 1967 war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem, with the West Bank and Gaza Strip. "We have small children here who are braver than the Arab governments".

Israeli Defence Forces spokesperson's Twitter account, however, put the number of demonstrators at about 4,000, stating that the protesters gathered at around 3 p.m.at five border points between the Gaza strip and Israel with some of the protesters burning tires.

The march coincided with the annual "Jerusalem Day", instituted by Iran to protest Israeli rule of the holy city. His family said he was taking part in a protest in Rafah, in southern Gaza, when he was shot. Others have thrown fire bombs or tried to damage the fence.

The worldwide community has accused Israel of an excessive use of force during the protests, which left more than 115 Palestinians dead since the end of March.

The death toll from Israel's lethal measures against the Gaza protests have drawn worldwide censure, though the United States has placed the blame on Hamas. The day is known in Arabic as "Al Quds Day", a reference to the city's historic Arabic name.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed the area in a move not recognised by the worldwide community.

East Jerusalem houses major shrines revered by Muslims, Christians and Jews. -AFP Palestinians gather to perform the last Friday prayers of Ramazan at the Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem.

Thousands of protesters assembled on the streets of Tehran to hear their leaders trash Israel, the USA, and their allies across the globe, with many chanting "Death to America" while burning the United States flag.

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