IDF 'did not target journalist' killed in violent anti-Israel protest

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Twenty-nine Palestinians have been killed since the protests began on 30 March along the frontier of the Gaza Strip.

Yasser Murtaja reportedly died from a gunshot wound he sustained while filming Friday in an area engulfed in thick black smoke from protesters setting tires on fire.

Sources in Gaza have confirmed that journalist Yaser Murtaja has died after being shot in the abdomen by an Israeli sniper while covering the protests.

The Israeli navy says Hamas has been utilizing the demonstrations as cowl for assaults, and says militants have tried to hold out shootings, plant bombs and infiltrate the fence with a goal to assault inside Israel.

The medical humanitarian organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), warned that in the weeks to come, more medical assistance would be required due to the increasing intensity of use of force by the Israeli forces.


Hamas and other groups organising the six-week protest campaign, dubbed the Great March of Return, say they are peacefully calling for the right of Palestinian refugees to return to land they fled from or were forced to leave in 1948, when Israel was created.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said eight people were killed and more than a thousand injured during Friday's protests.

"The majority of the people of the Gaza Strip are stateless refugees, subject to a decade-long blockade and the denial of basic human and political rights, " Corbyn added.

Hamas has meanwhile offered compensation of $3,000 to the families of protesters killed and $500 for those seriously injured, drawing outrage from Israel.

In a statement, Maja Kocijancic, the European Union spokeswoman for foreign affairs and security policy, referred to the killing of nine Palestinians, including a minor and a journalist, in Gaza on Friday and the injuring of hundreds more by Israeli forces. Israel's army said it "does not intentionally target journalists".


Gaza's economy has been devastated by years of Israeli military attacks and a joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade. The drone he had used for shooting footage for Gaza hovered above to film his funeral.

The Israeli military has said it fired only at "instigators" involved in attacks on soldiers and was investigating Murtaja's death amid a very hectic environment. "And that if there is unjustified and unlawful recourse to firearms, resulting in death, that may amount to a willful killing", Elizabeth Throssell said in Geneva.

The death toll since last week includes at least 22 civilians killed during the two Friday protests at the border, as well as one killed during a protest on Tuesday.

The Israeli military accused the "approximately 10,000 Palestinians" who attended of "rioting in five locations along the border with the Gaza Strip".

"My only dream is to travel, I wish to capture this scene from the air, not from the ground".


Israeli troops on the other side of the fence responded with live fire, tear gas, rubber coated steel pellets and water cannons.

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