Crackdown Continues Against Palestinian Protesters

Four more Palestinian protesters have been killed by Israeli soldiers amidst the ongoing March of Return protests that began March 30.

The protests have occurred each Friday since the end of March, and are partially in response to the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, thereby recognizing the city as the capitol of Israel.

Among the dead this past Friday is 15-year-old Haitham al-Jamal. He is one of 12 children under the age of 16 to have been killed by Israeli forces.

An additional 600 protesters were wounded Friday, with 92% of those having sustained their injuries from live fire and the rest suffering from tear gas inhalation.

The official Palestinian news agency, WAFA, reported that al-Jamal and Ziad Jadallah Bureim were both shot and killed in southern Gaza; Yousef al-Fasih, 29, was killed east of Gaza City; and Imad Nabil Abu Darabi, 26, was killed in northern Gaza.

Photos of another protester who was shot in the face with a tear gas canister have gone viral. The victim is still in critical condition.

Since the beginning of the protests at the end of March, Israeli soldiers have killed at least 124 Palestinian protesters and injured another 14,000.

The General Assembly of the United Nations announced last week that it would meet this Wednesday to vote on a Palestinian resolution requesting aid and protection for Gaza and its residents.

Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, heavily criticized the vote and doubled down on the Israeli policy of blaming Hamas for the violence.

“It is unfortunate that instead of condemning the terrorists of Hamas, some countries are looking to satisfy their domestic political needs by bashing Israel at the United Nations. We will proudly defend our right to defend our citizens time and again, and in every forum where our adversaries seek to falsely malign us.”

The Israeli military has been under close scrutiny since the killing of Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, which, if found to be deliberate, would qualify as a war crime under the Geneva Convention.

The Israeli Defense Forces also shot and killed Razan’s cousin, Ramzi al-Najjar, just four days later.


To read Iron Triangle Press’ most recent coverage of the situation in Gaza, click here.

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