Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Israeli gunfire kills Palestinian as border protest builds to climax

Israeli gunfire kills Palestinian as border protest builds to climax

Next week's climax will focus on the USA embassy move to Jerusalem, taking place on Monday, and commemorating Nakba (catastrophe) day, when Palestinians mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel and the birth of the Palestinian refugee problem.

"Today, approximately 15,000 Palestinians participated in riots along the Gaza border".

Israeli troops fired live bullets and tear gas Friday across a border fence into Gaza, killing a Palestinian man and wounding 146, Gaza's Health Ministry said.

The protests also took place at the contact points in different cities, including the northern entrance of Bethlehem and Ramallah.

We are not taking a position on final status issues, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, nor on the resolution of contested borders.

At least 48 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured since the protests began March 30, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza; there have been no reports of casualties on the Israeli side.

In a joint conference with his Chilean counterpart on Wednesday, Abbas noted that the Palestinian government is seeking further negotiations based on worldwide resolutions and a two-state solution along the 1967 borders.

The Great March of Return, touted by so-called "human rights" groups and western media as "peaceful protests", continued its weekly assault on the Gaza-Israel border fence.

In an area east of Gaza City, protesters burned tires, releasing large plumes of black smoke, and threw stones.

The Hamas-led demonstrations, fueled by despair in Gaza, are part of a campaign to break the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007. It said incendiary kites were also launched, some of which were intercepted by Israeli drones.

Almost 150 other Palestinians were shot by Israeli forces during the demonstrations, the ministry said.

Egypt opens the crossing from time to time, mainly to allow people in special categories, including medical patients and Gaza residents studying overseas, to leave the territory or return to it. Jordanian, Palestinian, and green Muslim Brotherhood flags flew over crowd.

Many of Jordan's residents are descendants of Palestinian refugees.

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