Funeral Held For Journalist Shot During Protest at Gaza Border

Palestinian protesters wave their national flags in front of a giant fan that Israeli army installed on the along Gaza's border with Israel before they burn tires, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 6, 2018. Hundreds more were wounded by live fire last week, according to Palestinian health officials. The dead included a 16-year-old, it added. The Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate said that a total of six journalists were hit by gunfire on Friday.

Palestinian youths burned Israeli flags and planted Palestinian banners on dirt mounds beside tented encampments as others arrived on large trucks carrying piles of more tires to burn.

The IDF said it thwarted multiple efforts on Friday to breach the border fence - and that it used live fire to do so in some instances - as well as attempts to activate bombs against the troops under the cover of smoke from the protests.

Israel says most of those killed were militants. "They also attempted to carry out terror attacks & hurl of explosive devices & firebombs", the IDF Spokesperson Unit said on Twitter late Friday afternoon.

Alongside the declaration of Murtaja's death, the health ministry also announced on Saturday the killing of another man namely Hamza Abdel Aal, aged 20 years, which summed up the number of those killed during Friday's protests to nine.

Hamas has billed the final protest, set for May 15, as the "Great March of Return" of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, implying they would try to enter Israel. Gen. Ronen Manelis, an Israeli army spokesman.

Israel has said it would prevent a mass border breach at any cost.

Criticizing the silence from the global powers, Corbyn has urged the United Kingdom government to "support the UN Secretary-General's call for an independent worldwide inquiry into the killing of protesters in Gaza and review the sale of arms that could be used in violation of global law".

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"I particularly urge Israel to exercise extreme caution with the use of force in order to avoid casualties", he said.

If it fails to do so, the Security Council would become helpless and lose credibility, the ministry said in a statement.

Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters at UN headquarters in NY that the USA rejection is very irresponsible.

Hamdan criticized Israel's decision to stop tire imports to Gaza, asserting that there is a shortage of tires in the coastal enclave.

"There are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip", Avigdor Lieberman told Israel's public radio on Sunday, claiming that all the Gazans are affiliated with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

Hamas has acknowledged some belonged to its military wing, taking part in "popular events".

"We condemn leaders and protestors who call for violence or who send protestors - including children - to the fence, knowing that they may be injured or killed".

Israelis say allowing the so-called "right of return" would mean their country would cease to exist.

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