Is­raeli fire wounds 33 pro­test­ers: of­fi­cials

The Western Star - - WORLD -

GAZA, Pales­tinian Ter­ri­tory – Health of­fi­cials say Is­raeli army gun­fire has wounded 33 Pales­tini­ans protest­ing along the Gaza-Is­rael perime­ter fence. Thou­sands of Pales­tini­ans demon­strated Fri­day de­spite win­try weather, throw­ing rocks with sling­shots at Is­raeli troops de­ployed be­hind the fence. The soldiers re­peat­edly fired vol­leys of tear gas and live fire, wit­nesses say. Ha­mas, the Is­lamic mil­i­tant group con­trol­ling Gaza, has main­tained such protests on a weekly ba­sis since March, ac­cel­er­at­ing or scal­ing them down to pres­sure Is­rael and me­di­a­tors into eas­ing Gaza’s crip­pling block­ade. Some 175 Pales­tini­ans and an Is­raeli sol­dier have been killed in the demon­stra­tions.

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