Israeli fire kills Palestinian at Gaza border, with more protests ahead

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06 April, 2018

The UNHCR said it would work to relocate about 16,000 Sudanese and Eritrean nationals and that others would receive "suitable legal status in Israel".

They say they intend to use mirrors and laser pointers to distract Israeli sharpshooters.

"It is going to be another bloody weekend", Israel's former counterterrorism chief Brigadier General (Reserve) Nitzan Nuriel told reporters.

"We are trying to send a message you can demonstrate as much as you can". He reiterated that the border is a red line.

"Of course we will continue our struggle and consider all our legal options until every last asylum-seeker gets the status they deserve", said Dror Sadot, a spokeswoman for the group. "They should demonstrate without crossing those red lines".

Israel argues that Hamas could have ended the suffering of Gaza's 2 million people by disarming and renouncing violence.

Employing its organizational prowess, Hamas set up five tent camps near border points as a magnet for protesters, offering bus shuttles and monitoring developments from an operations room.

On March 30, Gazans marched to the fence at the start of a six-week protest, dubbed "The Great March of Return", demanding the right to return for Palestinians driven out of their homeland.

"Friday of Fire", as it's been dubbed, will be the second in a sequence of marches planned to continue through mid-May.

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The move leaves unresolved one of Israel's most charged and divisive issues - what to do with the Africans who say they fled for their lives in search of sanctuary in the Jewish state.

The Gaza protests are supposed to last six weeks, coinciding with the expected opening of the new USA embassy in Jerusalem in mid-May. "I saw the suffering of the Israelis living there and we said that we have to remove the problem".

Significantly smaller scale confrontations continued through the week, resulting in numerous incidents on land and extending to the sea.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, more than 1,500 Palestinian demonstrators have been injured - many seriously - over the same period.

Red Crescent paramedics also found the body of a Palestinian man killed by a missile fired by an Israeli drone, to the east of Gaza City.

The Israeli army earlier said an aircraft had "targeted an armed terrorist adjacent to the security fence", without specifying if the strike was conducted by a drone or other aircraft.

On Wednesday, Israeli rights group B'Tselem called on troops to disobey the military's "manifestly illegal" shoot-to-kill orders.

The latest deaths are likely to add to global concerns over the violence, which human rights groups have said involved live fire against unarmed demonstrators posing no immediate threat to life. A group of rabbis called on Israelis to hide asylum-seekers in their homes.

Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N.'s Mideast envoy, urged both sides to show caution on Friday.


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