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Updated: 61 Palestinians killed, more than 2,800 injured at the Gaza-Israel border protests

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Palestinians flee as Israeli tear gas grenades begin to drop on a demonstration near the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on March 30, 2018, the first day of a six-week tent protest called for by Hamas. Mahmud Hams / AFP

By Middle East Affairs 

A day before the NAKBA which marks the 70th anniversary of Palestinians’ loss of homeland and Israel, protesters gathered around the Israeli-Gaza border in the early morning hours.

Monday ended with a massacre of Palestinian protestors, who showed up to protest the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem and stalled talks of a Palestinian state.

Live gunfire killed 61 Palestinians, while the Palestinian Health Ministry reported more than 2,800 wounded from various causes, including live bullets, rubber-tipped bullets, and tear gas inhalation.

A Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman said that six children under the age of 18 were killed by Israeli forces.

Anas Hamdan Qudaih, 21 years old was killed by Israeli shot in the East of Khan Younis, in the South of the Gaza strip. ( Social Media)

The Ministry of Health reported the names of people killed as Anas Hamdan Qudaih, a 21-year-old from the East of Khan Younis in the South of the Gaza strip; Mosab Abuleila, 29 years old, in the East of Gaza City; Mohammed Abu Sitteh, 29 years old in Beit Hanoun, North of Gaza Strip; Eiz Eldien Nehro, 14 years old in the East of Gaza City; Belal Abu Deqa, 26 years old in the south of Gaza strip; Eiz-Eldien Nahed Al-Iwetti, 23 years old; Obaidah Salem Farhan, 30 years old;  Jihad Mufid Abdel Moneim Al-Farra, 30 years old in east of Khan Younis; and Fadi Abu Salah, a disabled person in a wheelchair in the East of Gaza. Salah had previously lost his legs at the hands of Israeli forces.

 

The Palestinian protester Fadi Abu Salah, disabled person in a wheelchair was killed by Israeli forces in the East of Gaza.

On Monday afternoon, an Israeli tank fired several shells at a Palestinian checkpoint east of Jabaliya town in the northern Gaza Strip. The shelling caused serious damage to the site without reports of injuries to Palestinian gathered to protest.

The Israeli F-16 warplane targeted at least two rockets at the “Palestine” and the “Khyber” locations in Beit Lahiya, both of which belong to Palestine in the Northern Gaza Strip.

The Ministry of Health has launched an urgent call to support hospitals, medical centers, and medical checkpoints by donating medical supplies and becoming blood donors.
The Ministry’s press statement comes after Monday’s massacre which has resulted in numerous deaths including that of a disabled person and has left more than 2,238 seriously injured as a result of the Israeli military escalation east of the Gaza Strip.

The areas of Israeli attack include Gaza, Khan Younis in the South of the Gaza strip and Rafah.

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Monday’s injured included four journalists. Abdullah Al-Shorbagi was hit with a live bullet in the East of Khan Younis; Mohammed al-Dweik was wounded by shrapnel from an explosive bullet fired by Israeli soldiers East of Gaza City; Omar Hamdan was shot by Israeli forces east of Gaza City; and Yasser Qudeih was injured by Israeli live fire in the east of Gaza City.

A child was also shot in the stomach and a man is in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Thousands of people arrived at the Return March camps at the Israel-Gaza borders early Monday. Israeli forces set certain camps on fire and burned tents. Palestinians managed to shoot down a drone filled with gasoline with a slingshot. This prevented a tent from catching on fire.

 

People are gathering in 20 different spots along the Israel-Gaza border. The aggressive tactics of Israeli forces like tear-gassing the camps, however, have not kept protestors away. Protestors want the world to know that Jerusalem is Islamic and Arabic, and cannot be overtaken by Israel and America.

Israeli rained down leaflets in the thousands in the Return Camp warning protesters not to come near the fence or sabotage it in any way. The leaflet called protesters “rioters” and told them not to become tools of Hamas.

The international community has condemned Israel’s use of force.

The League of Arab States called for immediate intervention from the international community to enforce its resolutions. They are demanding protection of Islamic and Christian holy sites and protection of the Palestinian people in their land and holy sites.
The Arab League in session in an undated picture. Reuters
“East Jerusalem is the capital of the state of Palestine, an integral part of the 1967 occupied Palestinian territory, and this fact is not altered by an unjust decision,” the Arab League said, “Nor do they detract from its legitimacy in any invalid procedures.”
“Despite the displacement of more than 800,000 Palestinians in 1948 and the displacement of more than 200,000 Palestinians, most of them who settled in Jordan after the June 1967 war, the total number of Palestinians in the world as of 2017 stands at 13 million,” said Alaa Awad, head of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
The Palestinian population has more than doubled since the events of the 1948 Nakba.
In a press release on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba on Sunday, Awad said that more than half of the 6.36 million Palestinians live in historic Palestine, while 1.56 million live in Israel. The population of the West Bank, including Jerusalem, holds another 1.9 million in the Gaza Strip.

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She pointed out that the population in Jerusalem Governorate reached about 435 thousand people at the end of 2017, of which about 64.6% (about 281,000 people) reside in that part of the governorate of Jerusalem, which was annexed by the Israeli occupation by force after the occupation of the West Bank in 1967. The Palestinians make up about 49.4% of the population living in historic Palestine.
A Palestinian man throws leaflets dropped by the Israeli military during a protest against the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Half a million Palestinians are expected to demonstrate today, and a million tomorrow are projected to arrive at the border. Some are saying that is half of the population of Palestine, while the rest are children and the elderly. The expected number of protesters is record-breaking, even for Palestinian demonstrations.

In the six weeks of protests, 106 protesters have been killed by Israeli forces according to the Ministry of Health in Palestine. No Israeli casualties have been reported.

The U.S. embassy relocation festivities got off to an early start Monday with an 8:30 A.M. bagel breakfast celebration by the Israeli office of the Orthodox Union and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

On hand for the bagels and the speeches: Trump White House negotiator Jason Greenblatt, Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Opposition Leader MK Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union), Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Lau. Gifts were handed out: U.S. ambassador David Friedman got a mezuzah – presumably, for the new embassy, Mnuchin received a Roman coin.

The event went smoothly until the closing songs of the two countries’ national anthems – the singer of the U.S. anthem, stumbled significantly following “O Say Can You See” – despite the fact that the lyrics were projected on the wall next to him.