Is­raeli sol­diers kill woman at protest


GAZA, Pales­tinian Ter­ri­tory — Is­raeli forces killed a Pales­tinian woman dur­ing mass protests on the Gaza fron­tier Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to Pales­tinian medics.

The vi­o­lence at the protests, in which more than two dozen Pales­tini­ans and an Is­raeli sol­dier were wounded, threat­ened to com­pli­cate ef­forts by Egyp­tian me­di­a­tors, who are try­ing to shore up a two-month-old cease­fire.

Ashraf al-Kidra, a spokesman for Gaza’s Health Min­istry, said Amal al-Taramsi, 43, was shot in the head dur­ing the protests. He said an­other 25 Pales­tini­ans were wounded by gun­fire.

A wit­ness, iden­ti­fy­ing her­self only as Umm Yazan, said alTaramsi was stand­ing about 150 me­tres away from the bor­der fence. “She took a flag from a youth and be­fore she moved, three gun­shots rang out ... she fell down,” the woman told re­porters at Gaza’s alShifa hos­pi­tal, where rel­a­tives of the woman gath­ered.

The Is­raeli mil­i­tary said some 13,000 pro­test­ers and ri­ot­ers par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral demon­stra­tions along the fence, with some hurl­ing rocks and fire­bombs at troops on the other side. The mil­i­tary said an Is­raeli sol­dier was struck by a rock and lightly wounded.

The mil­i­tary said pro­test­ers briefly crossed the fron­tier into Is­rael on three oc­ca­sions be­fore re­turn­ing to Gaza. In one of the in­stances, the mil­i­tary said it fired to­ward them. It said it struck two Ha­mas posts in re­sponse to the vi­o­lence. There were no re­ports of ca­su­al­ties from the airstrikes.

Ha­mas has led mass demon­stra­tions along the bor­der ev­ery Fri­day since March, call­ing for the lift­ing of an Is­raeli and Egyp­tian block­ade im­posed on Gaza when the Is­lamic mil­i­tant group seized power in 2007. The pro­test­ers burn tires and hurl rocks and fire­bombs at Is­raeli forces dug in be­hind sand berms on the other side of the fence.

More than 185 Pales­tini­ans and an Is­raeli sol­dier have been killed since the protests be­gan. Is­rael says it only uses live fire to de­fend against at­tacks, but the Pales­tini­ans and rights groups ac­cuse it of us­ing ex­ces­sive force.

A botched Is­raeli com­mando op­er­a­tion ig­nited hos­til­i­ties in Novem­ber, with Ha­mas fir­ing hun­dreds of rock­ets and Is­rael re­spond­ing with a wave of airstrikes, in the most in­tense ex­change of fire since the 2014 Gaza war.


Rel­a­tives ar­rives at Shifa hos­pi­tal to see the body of Amal al-Taramsi, who was killed by Is­raeli troops dur­ing a protest at the Gaza Strip’s bor­der with Is­rael, in Gaza City on Fri­day.

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