Clashes were reported on Monday, as Palestinians continued to protest at the ‚March of Return‘ demonstrations in the Gaza Strip.
Demonstrators killed include a 15-year-old. 174 of the wounded at the ‚rebellious youth‘ themed protest were said to be by live Israeli fire
We, a group of former combatants who were members of sniper teams, seek to express our feelings of distress regarding the recent incidents in the Gaza Strip. As we hear about military orders permitting snipers to fire live ammunition at unarmed demonstrators, we are filled with shame and sorrow: shame at the orders devoid of moral and ethical judgment, and sorrow for the young soldiers, whom, as we know very well from our own experience, will always carry with them the scenes that they witnessed through the sights of their rifles.
Israel deployed snipers and tanks along the Gaza border on Friday as it braced itself for violent clashes with thousands of Palestinians protesters set to surge the fence for the third consecutive week.
Some 32 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire over two consecutive weekends of protests in Gaza, demanding the right to return to ancestral homes in what is now Israel.
Hamas Spokesman Fawzi Baroum said on Wednesday the Israeli aggression on Gaza reflects Israeli intention to deter peaceful Great March of Return.
In a press release, Barhoum said that this was aimed to undermine the Palestinian efforts to regain their fundamental rights.
He also said that Israeli bombardment of Palestinian resistance sites reveals the fear and hysteria that the Occupation government is currently going through due to the success of the Great March of Return.
Haniyeh removed the curtain from the mural for Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. This event was organised in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Luther King’s assassination.
“On this day 50 years ago, one of the greatest men who fought for humanity was buried,” he said. “There is no difference between men because of skin colour or morality.”
He added: “We are talking about Martin Luther King, who was assassinated at the hand of hatred and racism on April 4, 1968 and was buried on April 9.” Martin Luther King’s goal “is consistent with our culture and principles.”
The Hamas leader said: “Today, are peacefully seeking to regain our fundamental rights, the foremost of which is to live in our land in peace, to return to our homes and to have freedom of movement and travel and to have clean water and healthy food.