Global court warns Israel may be charged for Gaza deaths

Prof. H. Frisch

The circumstances in which the journalist was supposedly hit by IDF fire are not known and they are being investigated.

According to the Daily Sabah, almost 500 Palestinians were injured Friday, while 33 suffered grave injuries as a result of live fire and rubber-coated steel bullets in the second mass border protest in a week.

Thousands of protesters approached the border fence around Gaza for a second Friday in a row, burning tires and hurling stones at Israeli forces, who responded with tear gas and live ammunition.

In Khan Younis, also in Gaza's south, Usama Khamis Musallam Qudeih, 29, died after he was shot in the head by soldiers.

Reporters Without Borders have accused Israel of "deliberate shooting" of journalists in Gaza, after one photographer was killed gunfire another seven reporters were injured at a protest.

Israel has faced mounting questions over its use of live fire after 10 days of peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip border in which its forces have killed 30 Palestinians, according to Gaza's health ministry.

The medical humanitarian organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), warned that in the weeks to come, more medical assistance would be required due to the increasing intensity of use of force by the Israeli forces.

A Palestinian journalist has died after being shot by Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip.

Attempts were made by Palestinians to infiltrate into Israel under the cover of a smoke screen, in addition to explosive devices and firebombs thrown toward IDF soldiers and attempts to damage the security fence, the IDF said. The wounded Palestinian was taken to hospital in serious condition.

Mourners and journalists carried Murtaja's body through the streets of Gaza during his funeral on Saturday.

At the same time, the European Union justified Israel's use of force "when defending its legitimate security interests", but urged that it commit violence against Palestinians with "proportionality".

Israel is trying to say that Hamas is the organizer of the march but, according to the Washington Post, the demonstrations have drawn Palestinians from various factions.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

Violence spiked again on Friday when Israeli forces opened fire as thousands protested along the border, and nine Palestinians, including a journalist, were killed.

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