Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Israel killed woman and child protesters at 'significant distance' from Gaza fence

Israel killed woman and child protesters at 'significant distance' from Gaza fence

After months of mass protests, Israel announced the beginning of a "smart fence" construction along the border last week.

Israeli police said Saturday they arrested a Palestinian suspect in the killing of an Israeli teenager, as thousands of people in Gaza buried two Palestinian teenagers killed by Israeli fire a day earlier in protests along the perimeter fence.

Since last March, the Israeli soldiers have shot and killed more than 250 Palestinians and wounded 26,000 others, majority injured by live ammunition, according to Gaza Health Ministry's figures. They have seen the death of about 190 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier.

Hassan Shalabi, 14, "was killed by Israeli occupation live fire to the chest east of Khan Yunis" in the southern Gaza, the territory's health ministry said.

Meanwhile, Palestinian sources in Gaza close to Hamas said that the movement informed officials in the Egyptian security intelligence that the movement intends to escalate the marches of return within the coming days.

A military spokesperson said the demonstrators hurled rocks at Israeli troops and several explosive devices landed on the Gaza side of the fence. At that moment, the boy was struck in the head by a tear gas canister fired directly at protesters by Israeli forces.

Israel has fought three wars against Hamas since the miltant group took control of the enclave in 2007.

Israel accuses Hamas of exploiting the protests as a cover to carry out attacks against its soldiers.

Palestinians have been holding protests every Friday since the end of last March, demanding the implementation of refugees' right of return to the lands from which they were expelled in 1948 during a violent ethnic cleansing campaign by Israel.

Like this: