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Palestine: 58 Palestinian civilians killed by Israeli troops in Gaza, no condemnation by UK

15th May 2018
Palestine: 58 Palestinian civilians killed by Israeli troops in Gaza, no condemnation by UK

By Ali H.M. Abo Rezeg

 

GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA): The number of Palestinians martyred by Israeli army gunfire rose Monday with thousands more injured during anti-occupation rallies along the Gaza Strip’s eastern border.

UK Prime Minister did not condemn the killings of Palestinian civilians by Israeli soldiers. She only showed “concern” for the killings.

“We are concerned by the reports of violence and loss of life in Gaza,” the statement read.

The death toll now stands at 58 with over 2,770 injured, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Among those killed was Fadi Abu Salah, a disabled Palestinian activist who was severely injured during Israel’s 2008/2009 “Operation Cast Lead”.

According to the ministry, over 40 Palestinians were “seriously injured” Monday by intense cross-border fire by the Israeli army.

At one point, Israeli drones dropped teargas bombs on Palestinian demonstrators arrayed along the border, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Ten Palestinian journalists were injured by Israeli fire on Monday, while covering the Israeli aggression against Palestinian protesters along Gaza border, the government media office reported, according to Al Ray.

The office condemned, in a statement, deliberate Israeli attacks on Palestinian journalist crews while covering the Great March of Return.

Office chairman Salam Maroof said that six Palestinian journalists were injured by live fire. They were identified as Yaser Qdaih, Omar Hamdan, Hashem Abu Hadaid, Mohammed Abu Dahrouj, Ahmad Zaqout, Mohammed, Abd Allah Ashourbajee.

He also said that journalist Rabee’ Abu Nqairah was suffocated with Israeli tear gas fired against Palestinians east of Rafah.

Maroof explained, in an official statement, that Israeli occupation forces deliberately attack Palestinian journalist crews to prevent them from covering crimes against Palestinian civil protesters.

Thousands of Palestinians have gathered on the Gaza Strip’s eastern border since Monday morning to take part in protests aimed at commemorating the Nakba anniversary and to protest the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Since the border rallies began on March 30, more than 90 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed by cross-border Israeli gunfire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The rallies are to culminate on Tuesday, the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment — an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or “the Catastrophe”.

Last week, the Israeli government said the ongoing border protests constituted a “state of war” in which international humanitarian law did not apply.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Photo: A man helps a Palestinian girl after being affected by tear gas during peacful protest, organized to mark 70th anniversary of Nakba, also known as Day of the Catastrophe in 1948, and against United States’ plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, at Gaza-Israel border near Jabalia Refugee Camp on May 14, 2018. Photographer: Ramez Habboub/AA]

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