Tuesday 23 October 2018

One killed and 500 wounded in clashes at Gaza border protest

Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded man during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, yesterday. Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP
Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded man during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, yesterday. Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP

Mohammed Daraghmeb

Thousands of Palestinians have staged a mass protest along Gaza's sealed border with Israel, some burning large Israeli flags and torching tyres while soldiers fired tear gas and live bullets.

Gaza's Health Ministry said a 28-year-old Palestinian man was killed and more than 500 wounded, including scores hit by live Israeli army fire.

The death brings to 28 the number of protesters killed in two weeks of border protests.

Among those hurt was a Gaza journalist who was shot in the abdomen, the officials said.

The Israeli military has argued that Gaza militant groups are trying to turn the border area into a combat zone, and said it has a right to defend its sovereign border.

It said soldiers fire live bullets as a last resort, in a "precise and measured manner".

Irish Independent

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