New protests, clashes on Gaza-Israel border after deadly violence

Villagers grieve Wednesday for a civilian killed during a protest in Khudwani in Indian-controlled Kashmir

His death brings to 34 the number of Palestinians martyred in two weeks of Return protests and clashes along Gaza's border with "Israel". Hundreds more were reported injured from inhaling tear gas.

Gaza's Health Ministry says 112 Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli army fire or treated for tear gas inhalation, but did not provide a breakdown.

Israeli forces have killed 33 Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others since protests that began on March 30 and have led to clashes.

The instruction to shoot to kill unarmed demonstrators is a product of Israel's occupation and military rule over millions of Palestinians, a group of former Israeli army soldiers said in a letter they sent to a top British daily.

Senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan said in an interview near the border that the demonstrations were created to send a message to the world.

"The army is responding with dispersion methods and shots according to the rules of engagement", the spokesman said.

Eyewitness testimonies as well as videos and photographs taken during demonstrations point to evidence that, in some instances, unarmed Palestinian protesters were shot by Israeli snipers while waving the Palestinian flag or running away from the fence.

The violence erupted after thousands of Palestinians staged a protest along the border, the third weekly protest scheduled through mid-May.

The marchers are protesting against the blockade, but are also asserting what they say is a "right of return" of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to what is now Israel. Ten nurses and paramedics and two journalists were among the wounded. One man threw a burning tire into the fence, while another was seen walking nearby with the help of a crutch. It has pledged to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and says there have been attempts at all three.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the European Union have called for an independent investigation into the violence. Among those hurt was a Gaza journalist who was in serious condition with a bullet wound in the abdomen.

Yair Lapid, the leader of Israel's centrist Yesh Atid party, called Hamas a "despicable terror organization" and accused it of exploiting civilians. The company Murtaja co-founded had been vetted for U.S. government funding, while an global journalists federation said he was harassed and beaten by Hamas police in 2015.

Israeli forces have shot dead at least 31 Palestinians, including a journalist, and wounded many hundreds since the protests began, drawing worldwide criticism of the lethal tactics used against the protesters. The move from Tel Aviv has angered Palestinians who regard the eastern sector of Jerusalem - which Israel annexed - as the capital of a future Palestine state.

Regardless of the political affiliation of the protestors, who organized the protest, or the agenda they wish to promote, global law prohibits the use of lethal force against civilians unless they participate directly in acts of hostility or pose a concrete risk to life, and even then, only as a last resort and only to the extent necessary to alleviate the risk.

That is the day Palestinians will mark the 70th anniversary of the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe", when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced amid violence culminating in war between newly created Israel and its neighbours in May 1948.

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