Israeli army kills one, wounds hundreds during latest round of Gaza protests


Israeli army kills one, wounds hundreds during latest round of Gaza protests

Niles Niemuth

12 May 2018

One Palestinian protestor was killed and at least 700 wounded by the Israeli military on the seventh consecutive Friday of demonstrations at the Israeli border fence with Gaza.

The latest victim of the Israeli assault on unarmed, peaceful protestors was identified as 40-year-old Jaber Salem Abu Mustafa, who died after being shot in the chest by an Israeli sniper. The Gaza Health Ministry reported that among the hundreds of protestors who were wounded 143 were shot with live ammunition.

More than 300 were taken to hospitals, and three protestors remain in critical condition, including a 16-year-old who was shot in the head by an IDF sniper as he attempted to plant a Palestinian flag on the border fence. Two journalists and a paramedic were injured when they were struck in the legs by tear gas cannisters.

A statement released by the IDF justifying the carnage claimed its soldiers were “firing in accordance with the rules of engagement.” The use of live ammunition by heavily armed soldiers entrenched on the other side of a fortified border fence was deemed necessary to counter protestors burning tires and allegedly throwing rocks.

Further attacks were promised against any Palestinian who might have the audacity to approach or damage the much hated border fence. The IDF stated that it “will not allow any harm to the security infrastructure or security fence and will continue standing by its mission to defend and ensure the security of the citizens of Israel and Israeli sovereignty, as necessary”.

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