Deadly unrest on Gaza-Israel border as Palestinians resume protests


GAZA: Ten Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during fresh protests on Gaza’s border with Israel, Palestinian health ministry officials say.
The Israeli military said troops had opened fire when people attempted to breach the fence on the frontier.
The protesters are demanding that refugees be allowed to return to ancestral lands that are now in Israel. But Israel says the militant group Hamas, which dominates Gaza, is staging the rallies in order to launch attacks.
UN Secretary General António Guterres called on all parties to “avoid confrontation and exercise maximum restraint” after 16 people were killed and hundreds of others wounded during similar unrest a week ago.
One of those killed in the latest unrest was Yasser Murtaja, a journalist with the Gaza-based Ain Media agency, the health ministry in Gaza said.
Piles of tyres were set on fire in an attempt to create a smokescreen to block the view of Israeli snipers, as thousands of protesters gathered at five sites along the 65km-long (40-mile) Israel-Gaza border for fresh protests on Friday.
“Israel took everything from us, the homeland, freedom, our future,” 27-year-old protester Samer told Reuters news agency. “I have two kids – a boy and a girl – and if I die, God will take care of them.”
Protesters threw stones and firebombs at troops deployed on berms on the Israeli side of the frontier, the Israeli military said, and multiple attempts were made to break through the border fence. “Our forces are using riot disposal means and live fire in accordance with the rules of engagement,” it added.


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