Israel halts fuel deliveries into Gaza amid deadly clashes with Palestinian protesters

13 October, 2018, 15:40 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Vehicles are seen on the Israel Gaza border

Israeli forces shot dead seven Palestinians Friday in one of the deadliest days in months of mass protests along the security fence separating Gaza and Israel, Gaza's Health Ministry said.

Ashraf Al-Qudra, a spokesperson for the health ministry in Gaza, told reporters that six Palestinians were killed and 112 others injured when Israeli soldiers opened fire on protesters on Friday in the eastern Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military said that the demonstrators, numbering around 15,000, had been "hurling rocks, explosive devices, firebombs and grenades" at Israeli troops and at the fence.

Israeli military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus tweeted that one group had "detonated a bomb on the Israel-Gaza border fence", allowing around 20 people to climb through the hole.

They also demand an end to Israel's 11-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave's economy and deprived its roughly 2 million inhabitants of many basic commodities.

The protests are a continuation of what Gazans dubbed the "March of Return", a series of protests that began in late-March, aimed at highlighting the right claimed by Palestinians to return to homes and villages lost seven decades ago in the war that accompanied the founding of the state of Israel.


Palestinians gather at the Israel-Gaza border fence during a protest calling for lifting the Israeli blockade on Gaza and demanding the right to return to their homeland, in southern Gaza on October 12, 2018.

In the meantime, the IDF stated that a group of terrorists had attacked an Israeli outpost on the border.

In response, the IDF said, soldiers used riot dispersal means and live fire in accordance with standard operating procedures.

During one protest in July, a Gaza sniper shot and killed an Israeli soldier.

Repeated attempts to reconcile Hamas and the West Bank-based administration of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have all but faltered, increasing the desperation that has in large part fueled the demonstrations.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, addressing a conference in Istanbul from Gaza, said on Friday that Hamas was seeking to reach understandings with several parties, including Qatar, Egypt and the United Nations.

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