Two youths, aged 14 and 18, have been killed by IDF fire during the latest March of Return protests along the Gaza border with Israel, the 46th week of Palestinian civil disobedience there.
The IDF fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas to chase protesters away from the border fence separating Israel from the Palestinian enclave. The two young persons were killed during this latest rally, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, noting that at least 18 others were injured in the clashes.
"Please, Hasan - wake up! I'll never make you upset again."
A Palestinian mother grieves over her slain 14-year-old son, who was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper in Gaza today. pic.twitter.com/9qRpXD3bJz
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) February 8, 2019
The IDF defended the use of force, claiming that some of the rioters, which numbered around 8,000, threw ‘grenades’ and ‘explosives’ into Israel. The Israeli army noted that only the “barbed wire” and “brave IDF soldiers” managed to thwart Palestinian infiltration.
Palestinians have been holding protests every Friday since the end of last March, demanding the implementation of refugees’ right of return to the lands they lost during the establishment of the state of Israel. At least 295 Palestinians were killed and about 6,000 wounded during the 46 weeks of clashes. The degree of violence on several occasions escalated into cross-border exchanges between Hamas and Israeli forces.'
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