Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

More than 1000 wounded in Friday protests, according to dailies — Newspapers Review

More than 1000 wounded in Friday protests, according to dailies — Newspapers Review

Among the wounded, around 82 people were injured in live fires while 800 fell ill by gas inhalation after the Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters, Reuters cited doctors as saying.

Protests demand the return of Palestinian lands they fled or were expelled from in present-day Israel.

"The IDF (Israel Defence Force) is not involved in this incident in any way", an Israeli military spokesman said.

Human rights groups have similarly slammed Israel's excessive use of violence.

A Palestinian source quoted by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said that the victims appeared to be members of Hamas.

Israel has defended its disproportionate use of violence against peaceful protesters involved in the the Great Return March demonstrations after facing a legal challenge from worldwide rights groups, suggesting human rights laws do not apply to what it described as "acts of war". The paper says the kites caused "heavy damage" over the past week on the Israeli side of the border, setting crops on fire, including destroying "nearly 400 acres of wheat".

Israel has already been facing global disapproval over its use of live fire against the protestors.

Shifa Abu Qadous, 28, whose family is originally from Jaffa, part of Tel Aviv, was bringing water to protesters near the border fence. The protesters turned back after troops arrived, the army said. "I'm not afraid, only of Allah". "We are here to demonstrate against snipers, who are targeting civilians in Gaza, who are demanding freedom, liberty, breaking the siege, and return", Tibi told +972.

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In central Gaza, protesters gathered east of the Bureij refugee camp.

"We will put Molotov cocktails on the Israeli farms", Issa said.

Thousands of others have reportedly been injured - more than 140 seriously - over the same period.

Palestinians sent several stunt kites with incendiary bombs over the border towards Israel on Friday.

The army explained that the drones were not designed for military operations.

The group said in a statement that the four died during "preparations", without giving further details.

It also alleges Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip and with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, is seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence.

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