Palestinian dies of wounds sustained by Israeli fire

Israel has faced worldwide criticism over its use of live fire after 10 days of protests and clashes along the fence in which its forces have killed 30 Palestinians, according to Gaza's health ministry.

Three other journalists sustained tear gas injuries and at least one cameraman a gunshot in his leg, health ministry and media activists reported.

On 30 March, Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians as tens of thousands of protesters gathered at the Israeli border.

Nine Palestinians were killed on Friday as Israel ignored calls for restraint in its use of force against unarmed protesters in Gaza for the second week in a row. The military was on high alert ahead of Friday.

Last Friday was the bloodiest day of violence in Gaza since the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, the militant group that controls the 140-square mile stretch of territory.

As Israel and the Hamas-led protesters geared up for another showdown along the border fence, concerns grew about more bloodshed. "Anticipate our nice transfer, once we breach the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa", referring to the key Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.

Israel has drawn sharp criticism for its open-fire orders along the border, including its warnings that those approaching or trying to damage the fence would be targeted.

Gaza's economy has been devastated by years of Israeli military attacks and a joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade.

"There are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip", Mr Lieberman told Israel's public radio. Activists said they were burning the tires in hopes the acrid smoke would block the view of Israeli snipers.

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The demonstrations turned violent after Israeli forces used tear gas and live fire against crowds of protesters.

Mohammed Ashour, 20, who had been among the first to set tires on fire, had been shot in the right arm.

"We came here because we want dignity", he said before paramedics carried him to an ambulance to be transported to the strip's main hospital. It has warned that anybody approaching the border fence is risking their lives. The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week.

Palestinian protesters make a barricade out of sand bags during clashes with Israeli security forces following a protest along the border with Israel, east of Gaza City on 5 April 2018.

According to Palestinian Health Ministry, over one thousand three hundred people including women, children and six journalists were wounded. Twelve women and 48 minors were among those hurt, the officials said.

Palestinian youths burned Israeli flags and planted Palestinian banners on dirt mounds beside tented encampments as others arrived on large trucks carrying piles of more tires to burn. "We are saying that Israel has obligations to ensure that excessive force is not employed".

A White House envoy urged Palestinians to stay away from the fence.

Hamas may capitalize on any hatred of Israel amongst Gazans, over half of whom are descendants of refugees from what's now Israel.

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