Israeli defense minister claims there are 'no innocent people' in Gaza

Katrina Barker
April 9, 2018

At least 491 people were also wounded by Israeli gunfire, the ministry said, as thousands of protesters approached the border fence around Gaza for a second Friday in a row, burning tyres and hurling stones at Israeli forces.

There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties.

According to the army, the three men were seen crossing the security fence and then returning to Gaza.

The IDF fired at them in response.

Britain should also consider stopping the sale of arms to Israel that "could be used in violation of worldwide law", Corbyn said.

On Thursday, Lieberman threatened to respond to the protests in the "harshest" manner if the demonstrators approach the fence separating Israelis and Palestinians.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says there are "no innocent people" in the Gaza Strip where 30 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since March 30 in protests and clashes.

Two of those killed were children under the age of 18: Hussein Muhammad Adnan Madi, 13, shot in the stomach with live fire east of Gaza City, and Alaa al-Din Yahya Ismail al-Zamli, 15, fatally wounded east of Rafah.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said Friday that Israel's firing on the Gazans "raises serious questions about the proportionate use of force which must be addressed".

The report added that 14 other journalists were arrested, briefly detained or were shot at by Israeli soldiers but fortunately uninjured.

"In a visit to al-Shifa hospital, the largest in Gaza, where a state of emergency had been declared, OCHA witnessed 115 injured in the operation rooms, departments of intensive care, orthopedics and trauma departments". Since then the IDF has killed 31 Palestinian protestors who have come to the barrier or attempted to cut through it.

Mohamed Anbar, 46, was shot and injured by Israeli soldiers near a military checkpoint in the city of Tulkarm last week.

Unemployment stands at 50 percent and there are recurrent shortages of power and medical supplies.

The Gaza Strip is but one of the focal points in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

At the same time, the European Union justified Israel's use of force "when defending its legitimate security interests", but urged that it commit violence against Palestinians with "proportionality".

In the West Bank political capital of Ramallah, around 50 Palestinian journalists held a vigil for Murtaja.

Other reports by AllAboutTopnews

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