Israeli troops shot dead seven Palestinian protesters and wounded at least 200 along the Israel-Gaza border Friday, Gaza medical officials said, raising the death toll to 27 in the weeklong disturbances.
In central Gaza east of Deir al-Balah, two Palestinians died after they were shot in the head by soldiers: Ibrahim Ziyad Salameh al-Ar, 20, and Sudqi Talib Muhammad Abu Ateiweh, 45.
The number of protesters on Friday was larger than in recent days, but lower than at the outset of the disturbances on March 30, when 17 Palestinians were fatally shot by Israeli forces.
Yasser Murtaja died from a gunshot wound he sustained while filming Friday in an area engulfed in thick black smoke from protesters setting tires on fire.
The General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders, Christophe Deloire, posted a Tweet that said Murtaja was deliberately shot although he was wearing a vest that indicated he was a journalist. The syndicate described the incident as "deliberate crimes committed by the Israeli army".
It also condemned the U.S for vetoing a Security Council resolution for the second time and noted that Washington has covered up massacres of Palestinians by Israeli forces. The Great Return March is a 45-day protest festival that will culminate on May 15 - Nakba Day, also known as the day of catastrophe - when Palestinian Arabs were thrown out of their land and their houses were destroyed by Israel in 1948, leading subsequently to their being caged into the West Bank and Gaza.
Twenty nine Palestinians - many of them members of Gaza terror groups - have been killed since the riots began on March 30 along the frontier of the Gaza Strip. "We are saying that Israel has obligations to ensure that excessive force is not employed". Israel's army said it "does not intentionally target journalists".
Israel argues that Hamas could have ended the suffering of Gaza's two million people by disarming and renouncing violence.
Israel's defense minister has warned that protesters approaching the border fence endanger their lives, drawing condemnation from rights groups that said such seemingly broad open-fire rules are unlawful. Funeral held in Rafah, Gaza on April 07, 2018.
Haaretz said the Israeli army is using live fire because it fears a massive breach of the aging Gaza fence.
FILE COPY Israeli border police hold a position during clashes with Palestinian protestors near the Qalandia checkpoint in the Israeli occupied West Bank as protests continue following the USA president's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Unemployment is approaching 50 p.c, in line with official Palestinian figures.
According to the Palestinian health ministry, about 491 people were injured during the protests. "He just fell on the ground and said, 'I've been shot, I've been shot'".
Israeli troops on the other side of the fence responded with tear gas, rubber-coated steel pellets and water cannons, as well as occasional live fire.
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