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Israeli occupation forces killed four Palestinians, including a child, and injured hundreds more on the 11th consecutive Friday of Great March of Return rallies in Gaza


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fly b (26)
Sunday June 10, 2018, 3:48 pm
Israeli occupation forces killed four Palestinians, including a child, and injured hundreds more on the 11th consecutive Friday of Great March of Return rallies in Gaza.

At least four others remained in critical condition on Friday night, according to the health ministry.

This Friday, as they have before, Israeli forces fired live ammunition, rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas at Palestinians gathered in areas near Gaza’s eastern boundary with Israel to demand an end to the Israeli siege of the territory and the right of return to lands from which they were expelled.

Israeli forces injured almost 300 people, more than 130 with live ammunition, according to human rights group Al Mezan.

Haitham Muhammad Khalil al-Jamal, 14, was fatally shot in the stomach east of his hometown of Rafah in southern Gaza and later died of his injuries in a local hospital.

He is the 15th child killed by Israeli occupation forces during the protests in Gaza since they began on 30 March.

In that period, Israeli forces have killed more than 130 Palestinians, including over 100 during protests. Almost 4,000 have been injured with live ammunition.

East of Gaza City, Israeli forces shot 28-year-old Yousef Salim Khalil al-Fasih in the pelvis.

Al-Fasih, who lived in Gaza City, died of his injuries at al-Shifa hospital. A photo of him circulated following his death:

Imad Nabil Ali Abu Darabi, 20, from the town of Beit Lahiya, was fatally shot in the head by Israeli snipers in northern Gaza.

A photo circulated by local media showed rescuers trying to save his life:

Israeli forces shot Ziad Jadallah Abd al-Qadir al-Brim, 27, east of his hometown of Khan Younis.

Efforts to save his life were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at Nasser hospital.

An image posted by Palestinian media showed earlier efforts to save al-Brim’s life in a field hospital:

Palestinian media shared images of al-Brim following the announcement of his death:

Israeli forces fired scores of tear gas grenades at Palestinians:

One protester was hit by a tear gas canister in his mouth:

Dozens of children were reported injured on Friday:

In recent weeks, Israel has faced widespread condemnation from human rights groups and UN officials for its deliberate targeting of Palestinians who present no conceivable danger to heavily armed forces in fortified positions hundreds of meters away.

And yet despite warnings from the International Criminal Court about this practice, Israel has continued to deploy snipers with shoot-to-kill-and-maim orders against civilians.

This video filmed Friday shows the moment a Palestinian protester was shot by an Israeli sniper when he presented no apparent danger to anyone.

At one point, Palestinians celebrated ecstatically as they apparently brought down an Israeli drone using a fishing net attached to a kite:

On Monday, Israeli forces fired on a group of young men near the boundary fence east of Khan Younis, hitting 30-year-old Ramzi Muhammad Salim al-Najjar in the head.

According to Al Mezan, Israeli forces announced that they had detained al-Najjar who was still alive. But the following day, the Red Cross informed his family that he had died of his injuries.

Targeting journalists and medics

Photojournalist Muhammad Abdel Razaq al-Baba, 49, of the French news agency AFP was shot in the leg by an Israeli sniper as he covered events in northern Gaza, according to Al Mezan.

He was among five journalists injured on Friday, the health ministry said.

Local media reported that journalist Shirin Saloul was injured by Israeli forces while she was covering protests east of al-Bureij:

Since the start of the protests, Israeli forces have fatally shot two journalists, Yaser Murtaja and Ahmad Abu Hussein, and injured dozens more.

Reporters Without Borders has urged the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel’s targeting of journalists in Gaza as war crimes.

Israeli forces have also continued to target health workers.

Volunteer paramedic Khaled Abd al-Fattah al-Yazji, 24, was injured by a tear gas canister that hit his hand as he was helping transport the wounded east of Gaza City.

Another paramedic, Rami Khamis Ali, 42, was shot in the hand with a live bullet.

Manar al-Najjar, 22, another volunteer paramedic, was wounded by shrapnel from a live bullet in her left hand while she was working in an ambulance.

One paramedic discovered her husband among the injured as she was treating wounded protesters:

Israeli gas grenades also damaged an ambulance, according to Al Mezan.

Since 30 March, Israeli forces have killed two Palestinian paramedics, Razan al-Najjar and Mousa Jaber Abu Hassanein, and injured dozens more.

In memory of slain paramedic

Razan al-Najjar, who was fatally shot by Israeli snipers on 1 June while she was attending to injured protesters, was remembered a week after her killing.

In a poignant act, al-Najjar’s mother – at one point donning her daughter’s bloodstained vest – helped treat injured protesters on Friday.

“I am here to continue Razan’s message,” her mother told Quds News Network:

“Razan’s message is very clear. This is a peaceful protest and her work was humanitarian and voluntary.”

One of al-Najjar’s colleagues was pictured working on Friday with an image of her printed on his uniform:

Protesters also flew kites carrying images of al-Najjar and other Palestinians who had been killed by Israeli forces:

This week, the Israeli army published a video from an interview with al-Najjar deceptively edited to make it appear she admitted to being a “human shield” for Hamas.

The Israeli propaganda video claimed that al-Najjar was a pawn “incited by Hamas to give up her life for their goals.”

But in the original interview with the TV channel Al Mayadeen, al-Najjar actually said: “I am the medic Razan al-Najjar, I’m here on the frontlines, a human shield to protect and save the injured.”

She added, “No one encouraged me to do this, I encouraged myself alone and I wanted to venture and try to save the injured.”

Israel’s deceptive editing of the video in an attempt to smear al-Najjar and retroactively justify her killing drew widespread criticism.

Israel’s sectarian incitement

Israel continues to push the narrative that its weekly massacres of unarmed protesters are necessary for “self-defense” from Hamas – but now with an explicitly sectarian twist.

The Israeli military dropped leaflets on Gaza on Thursday warning residents against approaching or crossing the Gaza-Israel boundary fence.

The leaflet urged residents “not to let Hamas use you to serve its narrow interests.”

It claimed that behind Hamas “stands Shia Iran, whose goal is to inflame the region for the sake of its religious and sectarian interests.”

Israel pressed this sectarian agitation even more blatantly in a video from its Arabic-language military spokesperson Avichay Adraee:

Quds Day

Many Muslims around the world mark the last Friday in Ramadan as International Quds Day, to express support for Palestinians and oppose Israel’s occupation of Jerusalem.

People rallied in cities around the world including Islamabad, Tehran and Sanaa:


fly b (26)
Sunday June 10, 2018, 4:11 pm
Four martyred, hundreds injured in ‘March of a Million’.
Ahmad Jaradat June 9, 2018

Friday’s casualties mark the bloodiest day in Gaza since Israeli soldiers shot and killed over 60 Palestinians and injured 2,000 others on May 14, 2018.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians marched in the Gaza Strip and West Bank under the slogan “March of a Million” on Friday, June 8, 2018. The day also marked the last Friday of Ramadan and international Al-Quds Day. Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinians and wounded hundreds.


In Gaza, Israeli soldiers opened fire at peaceful protesters at contact areas along the Israeli wall that besieges the Gaza Strip. Israeli soldiers shot and killed four Palestinians and injured over 600 others including 92 with live fire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. One of the martyred is 15-year-old child Haitham Mohammed el-Ajmal. At least 26 other children were wounded. Israeli soldiers also targeted Palestinian journalists, injuring five. Photographer for the French Press Agency Mohammed el-Baba reports he was wounded with a live bullet in the thigh while wearing a flak jacket clearly marked with “PRESS.” Friday’s casualties mark the bloodiest day of the Great Return March in Gaza since May 14, 2018, when Israeli soldiers shot and killed over 60 Palestinians and injured 2,000 others.

The Commission for the Great Return March announced in statement that the next protest in Gaza will be held next Friday on Eid Day. Palestinians will hold Eid prayers in the protest tents along the Israeli wall. The Commission emphasized that marches will continue each Friday, as they have been since the Great Return March movement began on Land Day, March 30, 2018.

West Bank

In the West Bank, residents of Nabi Saleh village organized a protest and cut and burned the fences around the Israeli military tower that sits at the entrance of the village. Israeli soldiers raided the village and shot live, rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters. On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers shot and killed 21-year-old Nabi Saleh resident Ezz al-Deen Tamimi.

In Kur Qaddom an Israeli activist was wounded in his back by rubber bullet when soldiers opened fire at a demonstration organized in protest of the closure of village’s main road for 15 years.

According to data collected by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Palestinian territories, Israeli forces have killed at least 158 Palestinians and injured over 18,000 this year.

Ahmad Jaradat is the Senior Project Coordinator of the Alternative Information Center.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday June 10, 2018, 8:14 pm
Makes me so angry when innocent people, especially children are killed or injured. Thanks Fly
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