Four Pales­tini­ans killed dur­ing Fri­day Great March of Re­turn protest

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Mo­hammed El-Said

Four Pales­tini­ans, in­clud­ing a child, were killed on Fri­day by Is­raeli forces at the bor­der­line be­tween Gaza and Is­rael dur­ing the fourth Fri­day demon­stra­tion, dubbed the Fri­day of Mar­tyrs and Pris­on­ers, as part of the Great March of Re­turn. This raised the num­ber of Pales­tinian deaths dur­ing the protests to 35.

About 454 protestors were wounded dur­ing the demon­stra­tion, ac­cord­ing to health au­thor­i­ties in Gaza.

The UN Spe­cial Co­or­di­na­tor for the Mid­dle East Peace Process Nick­o­lay Mlade­nov crit­i­cised the Is­raeli vi­o­lence against pro­test­ers and killing chil­dren. Mlade­nov tweeted, “it is out­ra­geous to shoot at chil­dren! How does the killing of a child in Gaza to­day help peace? It doesn’t! It fu­els anger and breeds more killing.”

He added that chil­dren “must be pro­tected from vi­o­lence, not ex­posed to it, not killed!” He added, “this tragic in­ci­dent must be in­ves­ti­gated.”

The demon­stra­tions started in the Gaza Strip at the end of March, com­mem­o­rat­ing the 42nd an­niver­sary of Land Day dubbed the Great March of Re­turn. In re­sponse, Is­raeli forces fired live am­mu­ni­tion and used tear gas against pro­test­ers.

More­over, the Pales­tinian Del­e­gate to the United Na­tions Riyad Man­sour re­quested the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil form a com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate the “crimes of the oc­cu­pa­tion.” He added that his state will file a com­plaint to the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil re­gard­ing the Is­raeli vi­o­lence against un­armed Pales­tini­ans.

Mean­while, the Com­mit­tee to Pro­tect Jour­nal­ists urged the Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu to “re­view his army’s pol­icy on mass protests and the press, and to en­sure that the shoot­ing of jour­nal­ists cov­er­ing demon­stra­tions in the Gaza Strip is quickly and thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated.”

In a let­ter to Ne­tanyahu on Thurs­day, the or­gan­i­sa­tion pointed out to the killing of Yaser Mur­taja, a pho­to­jour­nal­ist and cam­era op­er­a­tor for the Gaza-based me­dia pro­duc­tion com­pany Ain Me­dia, who died on 7 April of in­juries sus­tained the pre­vi­ous day while cov­er­ing protests in the area east of KhanYou­nis.

“He was wear­ing a bul­let­proof vest and a hel­met that were clearly marked with the word ‘PRESS’ and was hun­dreds of feet away from the bor­der fence when he was hit,” ac­cord­ing to the let­ter.

Mean­while, Amer­i­can-Is­raeli ac­tress Natalie Portman re­jected the prize known as the “Jewish No­bel”, say­ing she does not want her pres­ence to be con­sid­ered as sup­port for Ne­tanyahu, who is ex­pected to give a speech at the cer­e­mony, af­ter Is­rael was crit­i­cised for shoot­ing at Pales­tinian pro­test­ers in the Gaza Strip.

About 454 protestors were wounded dur­ing the demon­stra­tion

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