Israel strikes six Hamas military targets

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Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinian demonstrators and wounded more than 950 at the Gaza border, despite the United Nations human rights chief urging Israel to stop using excessive force against Palestinian protesters.

The military also says Hamas is using the protests as cover to damage the border fence and prepare to infiltrate and carry out attacks.

Protests along the Gaza border since March 30 have led to clashes with Israeli troops, leaving at least 38 Palestinians dead and thousands of others wounded.

This is the fifth consecutive week of mass protests.

He insisted the Friday demonstrations at the Gaza-Israel border were peaceful protests by Palestinians demanding "their dignity and freedom" — especially in Gaza where its 2 million inhabitants have been subjected to an Israeli land, sea and air blockade for a decade.

A Palestinian child died of serious wounds sustained during the protests at the Gaza borders on Friday.

The Israeli military fighter jets have targeted six military targets belonging to Hamas's naval force in the northern Gaza Strip, said the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Israel strikes six Hamas military targets
Israel strikes six Hamas military targets

Gaza is run by the Islamist Hamas movement, which Israel and the West designate a terrorist organization.

"The rioters approached the security fence and hurled explosive devices, grenades, firebombs and rocks and tried to light the security fence on fire", an IDF spokesman told the Times of Israel.

The Hamas terrorist organization organized the mass riots under the banner of the "March of Return", seeking to escalate protests the next few weeks leading up to Israel's 70th Anniversary celebrations next month and the relocation of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.

Nabil Darabieh, a reporter for the local Palestinian news website Quds Media, was hit in the head and face by gas canisters while covering protests in the northern Gazan city of Jabalia, according to news reports, the Palestinian Journalist Syndicate, and Saada.

Condemning the "brutalities and crimes against Palestinian civilians", Mansour said the Israeli forces' actions should be stopped and human rights violators be held accountable.

The demonstrations, set to end May 15, are created to commemorate what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or "catastrophe", when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians had to flee their land or were expelled during the war in 1948 that led to the creation of Israel. US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, blamed the Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas for attacking Israel while using Palestinian people as human shields.

Hamas denies the Israeli accusations.

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