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Israel threatens to target kite-flying Gazan protesters

Israel threatens to target kite-flying Gazan protesters

Tear gas canisters are fired by Israeli forces at Palestinian demonstrators during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, May 4, 2018.

Israel believes that the demonstrations are a way for Hamas to perpetrate an attack on Israel, under the guise of non-violent protest.

Facing global censure over its use of live fire in the protests, Israel says it is protecting its border and takes such action only when protesters, some hurling firebombs and trying to plant explosives, approach too closely.

Youths rolled burning tires to within 500 meters (yards) of the fence, using the smoke as a screen to counter Israeli sharpshooters on the other side.

Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) recently said the closure of Elia is part of an escalating Israeli aggression against journalists and media organisations in the occupied city, and part of systematic targeting of the Palestinian voice aided by baseless accusations and justifications.

"Washington has become part of the problem and not the solution", he said in response to the US' decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, adding that President Donald Trump had isolated himself by choosing to do so.

Israeli media have in recent days reported significant damage to farms due to kite-flown Molotov cocktails, though the devices face hard odds in making it across the fence while still lit.

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Gaza: A Palestinian man died on Thursday from gunshot wounds he sustained during last week's protests along the Gaza-Israeli border fence, the Gaza Health Ministry said. The army confirmed the drone losses.

"The matter is being looked into", a statement from the army said.

Two-thirds of Gaza's 2 million people are descendants of refugees who fled or were expelled during the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

Palestinian protesters have gathered along the Gaza-Israel for the sixth successive week.

The Palestinians and human rights groups have criticised Israel for using live fire against the protesters.

The protests are due to continue until mid-May, when the United States plans to move its embassy.

The move has deeply angered the Palestinians, who see the Israeli-annexed eastern sector of Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.


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