Fierce Clashes Continue At Gaza-Israel Border Fence

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As the March of Great Return continued along the Israeli border on Friday, Gaza health officials reported that Israeli forces ignored global calls for restraint and injured more than 500 Palestinians with tear gas and live ammunition, shooting at least 122 protesters. Israel has accused Gaza's Islamic militant Hamas rulers of using the protests as a cover for attacks and says snipers only target the main "instigators".

"The Palestinian women are an integral part of the society. today they are to prove this", Sarah said after she gave a auto tire to a masked protestor.

A Palestinian man died of his wounds who was shot by Israeli forces during a mass protest along the besieged Gaza Strip's southern border.

The IDF acknowledged it used live ammunition to disperse the crowds, saying demonstrators burned tires and Israeli flags.

So far 34 Palestinians have been killed in the protests, which they call the Great Return March. As a result, forces within the Palestinian movement chose to begin a non-violent protest leading up to May 15, the anniversary date of the founding of Israel.

Israel claimed he was a paid member of Hamas, but produced no evidence.

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He said, "Everyone's connected to Hamas, everyone gets a salary from Hamas, and all the activists trying to challenge us and breach the border are Hamas military wing activists". Over 20 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire over the past two Fridays, stirring condemnation from human rights groups and prompting an Israeli army investigation of the circumstances of the killings. There was a small but significant protest in Sderot-the city most affected by the homemade rockets fired from Gaza-denouncing the IDF's actions there and calling for an end to the Israeli military blockade of Gaza. This is significantly less than in the previous demonstrations over the past two weeks.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters on Tuesday: "The Gaza sniper deserves a decoration, and the photographer a demerit".

Palestinian reports cited the use of tear gas and "live rounds", while the Israel Defense Forces said its troops were "firing in accordance with the rules of engagement".

"An order to open live fire at unarmed protesters is manifestly unlawful", it said.

Yesterday, hundreds flocked to one of five camps near Gaza City, stepping on a large Israeli flag laid out on the ground at the entrance.

"Israel will continue to defend its borders and its citizens".