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14 April 2018, 08:17 | Myrtle Vega
A MAN looks at the scene of an explosion in southern Gaza Strip on Saturday.—Reuters
Islam Herzallah, 28, who was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces at the eastern border of the Gaza Strip, was announced dead of his wounds on Friday evening, according to the Ministry of Health.
For the third consecutive week, thousands of Palestinians joined the protests in Gaza Strip against Israel's refusal to allow Palestinian refugees to return to their pre-1948 homes, news reportssaid.
Israeli troops shot and wounded 30 Palestinians during a protest on the Gaza-Israel border yesterday in which demonstrators hurled stones and burned tyres near the frontier fence, Palestinian medics said.
The heavy shooting of bullets and tear gas by Israeli army did not prevent women demonstrators from joining the weekly rallies in border areas.
The protests since March 30 have posed a challenge to Israel, which has dismissed criticism of its use of live fire, saying its rules of engagement are necessary and will not change.
"We will return to Palestine, our villages and Jerusalem", Haniyeh said in a fiery speech at one of five protest camps set up along the border.
In the camp, 37-year-old construction worker Omar Hamada said he is protesting to draw world attention to Gaza and get the border reopened.
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The ministry said 419 of them were moved to hospitals and medical centers, and 550 received treatment in field clinics and makeshift hospitals near border areas. One path toward lifting the blockade would be to have Hamas' political rival, West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, take over the Gaza government, but recent Egypt-led talks on such a deal have run aground.
GAZA- An explosion in the southern Gaza Strip killed four Palestinians on Saturday, the local health ministry said.
In two weeks, 34 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, including 27 during protests.
It usually employs those terms to refer to casualties caused by the accidental detonation of weapons or explosives used in attacks against Israel.
It has pledged to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and says there have been attempts at all three.
Yair Lapid, the leader of Israel's centrist Yesh Atid party, called Hamas a "despicable terror organization" and accused it of exploiting civilians.
"I am not afraid of death because there is no life in Gaza already", she said.