Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Israeli army kills Palestinian youth in occupied West Bank

Israeli army kills Palestinian youth in occupied West Bank

The UN and European Union have accused Israel of using excessive force, while rights groups say the open fire orders are illegal because soldiers are shooting toward unarmed people when their lives are not in imminent danger.

The Israeli military said on Tuesday initial findings from an investigation into the killing of a Palestinian nurse during protests on the Gaza border showed that she was not shot deliberately.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the buffer zone, as the authorities have not made clear the precise area of the designated zone. Al-Quds is the historic Arabic name for Jerusalem, and Iran says the day is an occasion to express support for the Palestinians.

Since 2015, 50 Israelis have been killed in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks, while Israeli forces have killed over 260 Palestinians in that period. They say the group has used the demonstrations as cover to carry out cross-border attacks and endangered protesters by using them as human shields. The protest came the day after the U.S. opened its embassy in Jerusalem. But it has largely halted the practice since a war in 2012.

No Israelis have been killed since the Great Return March demonstrations were launched in the besieged enclave.

An Israeli firefighter seen extinguishing a fire in a field in southern Israel, caused by kites flown by Palestinians from the Gaza Strip on June 5, 2018.

Some 17,500 dunams (4,300 acres, or almost seven square miles) of land on the Israeli side of the Gaza border have been burned in more than 250 fires over the past two months, more than half of them in nature reserves, according to Israeli assessments.

It said a resident of a Palestinian refugee camp in east Jerusalem was among those in custody for his involvement in the plot, orchestrated from Syria, to harm Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

Jerusalem day was established in 1979 in Iran to coincide with the last Friday of Ramadan.

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