More Palestinians Killed In Second Week Of Gaza Border Protests

It also said explosive devices and firebombs were thrown, adding that soldiers opened fire "in accordance with the rules of engagement".

Haaretz reports that, according to Hamas' Gaza Health Ministry, the seven dead Palestinians were killed by the Israel Defense Force (IDF). Israel said around 20,000 people took part in the protests and that they were seeking to breach the border. "I have two kids, a boy and a girl, and if I die, God will take care of them".

Due to the large number of people injured in this protest, last Friday was the bloodiest day in the Gaza Strip since the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas. The military was on high alert ahead of Friday.

"There are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip", Lieberman told Israel's public radio.

Some of those risking Israeli fire at the fence say they have little to lose. To block the view of the Israeli snipers, the protesters burnt piles of tires.

Earlier, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem urged protesters to keep the rallies peaceful. However Israel accuses the Islamic militant group of utilizing the protests as cowl for attempting to infiltrate the border and assault Israelis.

Yaser Murtaja was shot in the abdomen near the border with Israel while covering demonstrations by Palestinian refugees. Palestinians have nicknamed this Friday's demonstration "Jum'at al-Kawshook", which translates to "Friday of Tires", as protesters set fire to thousands of tires along the border, creating huge clouds of black smoke in order to confuse Israeli snipers and prevent them from targeting protesters with live ammunition.

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An Israeli civilian shot a Palestinian man who allegedly pulled out a screwdriver and tried to stab him, according to Israeli police. Others launched stones with slingshots.

On Saturday, the European Union raised questions over whether Israeli troops engaged in "proportionate use of force". Israel tried to douse the burning rubber with jets of water directed over defensive dirt mounds on its side of the border.

Israel's use of live fire last week has come under criticism from rights groups, while the European Union and United Nations chief Antonio Guterres have called for an independent investigation. Mladenov stressed the need to ensure that "excessive force is not used, and the need to ensure that children are not deliberately put in harm's way", Dujarric said.

While political leaders brushed aside complaints, on Sunday the IDF said it would investigate its own conduct in the confrontations.

"The Israeli army can not shoot live ammunition at civilians, especially when they are not armed".

Palestinians hope to remain at the border for a six-week sit-in to raise awareness to their situation and to the stifling blockade that continues to deteriorate the quality of life for Gaza residents.

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