Israeli soldiers fired bullets and tear gas at thousands of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, wounding almost 200 people, hours after the United Nations human rights chief criticized Israel for using "excessive force".
On Friday, April 27, during clashes on the border between the Gaza strip and Israel, Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians.
It's hard to say what the conclusion is from the data beyond the obvious - that in the past year and a half it has been a far deadlier endeavor to protest Israel's siege without resorting to armed violence than it is using rockets.
They have been shot down for participating in "March of Return" protests at the Israeli border fence that have drawn tens of thousands each Friday since March 30.
He insisted the Friday demonstrations at the Gaza-Israel border were peaceful protests by Palestinians demanding "their dignity and freedom" especially in Gaza where its 2 million inhabitants have been subjected to an Israeli land, sea and air blockade for a decade.
Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, said earlier this month that the Israeli military's responses were "unlawful violations of worldwide law and global humanitarian law". More than 5,000 are believed to have been wounded.
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"The rioters approached the fence, threw bombs, hand grenades, Molotov cocktails, stones and tried to set the fence on fire", a military statement said, adding that soldiers responded "according to procedure" and foiled the attempt. They used "wire cutters, hooks and winches to try to pull down the barriers", according to the Times.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International called for a global arms embargo against Israel, accusing its troops of committing war crime in the Gaza Strip by carrying out "murderous assaults" against Palestinians.
As on previous Fridays, protesters gathered at five sites near the border fence, though numbers were down on earlier weeks.
On Thursday, Israel's United Nations envoy, Danny Danon, told the Security Council that Hamas was responsible for Palestinian casualties, and accused the group of "hiding" far from the bloodshed while Palestinians died.
Hamas denies the Israeli accusations.
Similar initiatives will continue every Friday until May 15, the day on which Palestinians commemorate the "Nakba", "Catastrophe", of the birth of the state of Israel.
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