Hamas pledges Gaza rocket fire probe as Israel steps up deployment

Hamas pledges Gaza rocket fire probe as Israel steps up deployment

Hamas pledges Gaza rocket fire probe as Israel steps up deployment

Some 130 Palestinian protesters, including 25 children, were injured by Israeli fire during anti-occupation protests at the Gaza border amid Amnesty International's condemnation of Israel's newly proclaimed "zero tolerance" towards protesters.

Some 10,000 Palestinians are taking part in clashes with the Israeli military on the border with the Gaza Strip, the press service of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said Friday.

Protesters set fire to tires to blur the vision of Israeli snipers deployed at the borders.

This picture taken on October 19, 2018 in Nahal Oz, from the Israeli side of the border with the northeast of the Gaza Strip, shows balloons carrying an alleged incendiary device launched by Palestinian protesters.

According to Haaretz, the Security Cabinet convened for five hours late Wednesday after a number of rockets were fired into Israeli territory from Gaza.

"We remain on the brink of another potentially devastating conflict, a conflict that nobody claims to want, but a conflict that needs much more than just words to prevent", he told the U.N. Security Council in a video briefing from Jerusalem.

Sarah Pritchett, Euro-Med's spokesperson, said "The Israeli soldiers deliberately caused the greatest harm they could to civilians, added Pritchett, stating that, in light of the worldwide community's failure to take concrete steps to end the Gaza crisis, Israeli soldiers continue to target Gazans with impunity".

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Palestinians have been protesting along the border since March 30, demanding an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza and the right to return to lands that Palestinians fled or were driven from upon Israel's founding in 1948.

He also called on the Palestinian Authority not to disengage from Gaza and to continue working with the worldwide community to help alleviate the suffering of its people in Gaza.

He cited World Bank figures showing official unemployment at 53 percent, with more than 70 percent of Palestinian youths jobless. Earlier, Israel halted Qatari fuel shipments to Gaza's power plant.

A key test will be on Friday, when the next border protest is planned.

The Israeli airstrikes and ground campaign to put an end to Palestinian rocket attacks resulted in the death of thousands of people, the vast majority of them Gazans.

The envoy warned that a "new conflict" is approaching in Gaza and that said that the United Nations is communicating with Egyptian and Israeli authorities in order to avoid war in Gaza. One Israeli soldier has died.

Israeli forces showered the demonstrators with tear gas and occasionally live fire.

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