Gaza death toll rises to 45, as Palestinian teenager succumbs to wounds

A Palestinian teenager died Saturday of wounds sustained in clashes between Israeli security forces and protesters during the fifth consecutive week of protests on the Gaza border, Gaza's Health Ministry said. "Our people will not slow down the protests until they get their rights", he said. The most recent, a seven-week summer conflict in 2014, resulted in the deaths of more than 2,200 Palestinians, according to United Nations figures.

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The Chairman of the Executive Committee of the terrorist organization Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, speaking at a press conference in Gaza, said that the "marches of return" on the Gaza border will continue until, until you lift the blockade of the Gaza strip.

Amnesty International called on governments around the world to impose a comprehensive embargo on arms to Israel after a "disproportionate response to mass demonstrations on the border between Israel and Gaza".

Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza. Near the Karni crossing, hundreds of Palestinians stormed the border to damage the security fence, successfully destroying part of it.

"The loss of life is deplorable, and the staggering number of injuries caused by live ammunition only confirms the sense that excessive force has been used against demonstrators - not once, not twice, but repeatedly", Zeid said.


A Palestinian helps a man who is shot by Israeli troops near the eastern border of the Gaza Strip on April 27, 2018.

Israel responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds.

"It is hard to see how children, even those throwing stones, can present a threat of imminent death or serious injury to heavily protected security force personnel", he added.

Amid the bloody confusion of the past several weeks, at least two Palestinian journalists have been shot and killed, according to Reporters Without Borders, or RSF - most recently on Wednesday, when Ahmed Abu Hussein was "brought down by a clearly direct and deliberate shot". It said the crowd threw explosives, firebombs and rocks, and that troops opened fire "in accordance with the rules of engagement" and halted the crowd. Tires were set ablaze, filling the air with thick smoke.

The Palestinian UN ambassador on Friday challenged Israel to agree to an independent commission to investigate events in Gaza and determine "who are the criminals, who are violating worldwide law and to hold them responsible for these crimes". The temporary opening is the second this month.


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