Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian on Gaza border: ministry

Ides of May

Monday's border march is meant to protest the planned move of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem that day.

The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said that one person was killed and another 146 injured, The Times of Israel reported.

US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital infuriated Palestinians, who see the eastern part of the city as the capital of their future state. More than two-thirds of Gaza residents are descendants of refugees.

But he stressed the event will be a bilateral US-Israeli celebration, downplaying reports that very few if any diplomats from other countries that have not recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital would attend.

A Palestinian flashes the V-sign in front of burning tyres along the border with the Gaza strip. It says seven of the 49 protesters hit by Israeli fire Friday were in serious condition and that dozens of others were overcome by tear gas inhalation.

Palestinian demonstrators, some brandishing wire-cutters, gesticulate during a protest demanding the right of return at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, on Friday.


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

The protests are part of a campaign to break the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Islamic militant Hamas overran Gaza in 2007. It said incendiary kites were also launched, some of which were intercepted by Israeli drones.

Israeli forces responded with tear gas and live ammunition, according to Gaza's health ministry.

The march was initially set to end on 15 May - the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe), in which more than 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced by Israeli forces during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

In recent weeks, soldiers have fired from behind sand berms. The demonstrations have been organized by Gaza's Hamas rulers, but are fuelled by despair among the territory's 2 million people. However the final demonstration has been scheduled for Monday 14 May due to the imminent beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

In the Turkish city of Istanbul, several thousand people protested against the relocation of the USA embassy to al-Quds, holding Palestinian and Turkish flags and carrying signs reading "Palestine belongs to the Palestinians" and "al-Quds belongs to Muslims".

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