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Gaza Strip protest results in mass shooting

09 Avril 2018

Thousands of people have taken part in a massive rally in Britain's capital London to express solidarity with Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip and condemn persisting atrocities by the Israeli regime in the occupied territories as well as UK's inaction toward such violence. Murtaja reportedly died from a gunshot wound he sustained while filming in an area engulfed in thick black smoke caused by protesters setting tires on fire.

Palestinians evacuate mortally wounded Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, 31, during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border.

Gaza's Hamas-controlled Health Ministry said nine people had been killed, including a television cameraman wearing a bullet-proof vest marked "Press", and almost 300 injured by gunfire. Hundreds of Palestinians, including Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, attended the funeral of Murtaja in Gaza, Palestinian sources said.

Military officials say they have used live fire only as a last resort when all other alternatives, including warning shots and rubber bullets, have failed to stop the demonstrators from reaching the fence.

The Israeli Army declined to comment, saying it was reviewing the incident.

A Palestinian man carries Iyad al-Dawahidi's prosthetic leg at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after he was shot by Israeli forces during protests along the Israel-Gaza boundary, 6 April 2018.

"We are gravely concerned that further violence could occur during demonstrations today and in the coming weeks", said Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson Liz Throssell at a UN media briefing here. This comes as tensions are rising on the Gaza-Israel border, with Hamas main mass protests to attempt to break an Israeli-Egyptian border blockade.

"Everyone's connected to Hamas, everyone gets a salary from Hamas, and all the activists trying to challenge us and breach the border are Hamas military wing activists". The Israeli army will eventually come out with a statement about how it can not reach any definitive conclusions about who shot Yasser Murtaja, or why he was shot, but it will be able to definitively conclude that the Israeli army doesn't target journalists - so he surely was mistakenly hit. "He just fell on the ground and said, "I've been shot, I've been shot".

The dead included Palestinian video journalist Yasser Murtaja.

Approximately two million people live in Gaza. "I have never traveled".

"Following the earlier report regarding the suspects who infiltrated [into] Israel through the security fence near the Northern Gaza Strip, IDF troops located two explosive devices placed by the terrorists at the scene", an Israel Defense Forces statement said. She described him as active and friendly and not at all interested in politics.

Gaza Strip protest results in mass shooting