Media watchdog accuses Israel of 'deliberate shooting' of journalists in Gaza

Posted April 09, 2018

Violence spiked again on Friday when thousands of protesters returned to the border.

His brother, who was stood beside him when he was shot, said journalists were deliberately targeted by Israeli troops during the protest.

Earlier on Friday, Thaer Rabaa succumbed to his wounds after being shot at last week's March 30 protest.

Tension has grown across the Palestinian territories since December 6 when U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Around 70 percent of Gaza's two million populations were forced from their homes and now live in a territory the size of the United States city of Detroit - about 360sq km - which has been described as "the world's largest open-air prison".

"France reminds the Israeli authorities of their duty to protect civilians and urges them to show the greatest restraint", a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said in a statement according to Reuters. More than 1,600 others were wounded.

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The medical humanitarian organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), warned that in the weeks to come, more medical assistance would be required due to the increasing intensity of use of force by the Israeli forces.

The following day, Israel's military said in a tweet that "Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed".

"This indicates that security forces used excessive force".

Israel's army said it "does not intentionally target journalists".

"The Israeli army can not shoot live ammunition at civilians, especially when they are not armed".

A Palestinian protester wears a tire outfitted with onions to counteract tear gas fired by Israeli forces, Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, 6 April. It has also devastated Gaza's economy, made it virtually impossible for people to enter and exit the territory, and left residents with just a few hours of electricity a day.

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Thousands of Palestinians have been staging demonstrations on Gaza Strip's eastern border with Israel against the decade-long Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands since last week.

"Gaza will not starve and will not abandon its original national objective", he said, surrounded by hundreds of supporters.

The 2 million people living in the 360-square-kilometer (139-square-mile) Gaza Strip are mostly descendants of the refugees, who have never been allowed to return.

The march is expected to peak on May 15, when Palestinians mark the Nakba Day, the day of their catastrophe, which coincides Israel's 70th Independence Day.

Israel has ruled out the demand, arguing that the return of Palestinians to what is now Israel would outnumber its Jewish majority.

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