Siege in Gaza: Twelve killed by Israeli forces, 370 injured and DRONES drop tear gas on thousands of Palestinians as they swarm the border, burn photos of Trump, and vow to protest for weeks until US embassy moves to Jerusalem, by Sara Malm.
At least 12 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds hurt during one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border in recent years.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians, pressing for a right of return for refugees to what is now Israel, gathered at five locations along the fenced 40-mile frontier where tents were erected for a planned six-week protest, local officials said.
Demonstrators were also seen burning and stamping on posters with the face of U.S. President Donald Trump, who ordered the US embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The protesters have vowed to remain at the border until the embassy moves to Jerusalem on May 14.
The Israeli military estimated there were 30,000 demonstrators and used a drone to drop tear gas on the massive crowds. …
Families brought their children to the encampments just a few hundred yards from the Israeli security barrier with the Hamas Islamist-run enclave and football fields were marked in the sand and scout bands played.
But as the day wore on, hundreds of Palestinian youths ignored calls from the organisers and the Israeli military to stay away from the frontier, where Israeli soldiers across the border kept watch from dirt mound embankments. …
The six-week protest has prompted the Israeli army to deploy reinforcements, including more than 100 special forces snipers, for fear of mass attempts to break through the security fence.
The Israeli military said thousands of Palestinians rolled burning tyres and threw stones at forces stationed on the border. It said troops opened fire at the ‘main instigators’. …
According to the United Nations, some 1.3million of Gaza’s 2million residents are refugees or their descendants and ‘The Great March of Return calls for them to be allowed to return to land that is now Israel.
In 1948 when Israel was formed, the number of Arab refugees from Israel about matched the number of Jews expelled from Arab countries. Israel took in the Jewish refugees, and they become normal Israeli citizens.
The Arabs however refused to take in the Arab refugees, preferring instead to keep them in concentration camps along the border. They, or rather their descendants, are still there. The Arab strategy is to use them to keep up the political pressure on the existence of Israel. The people of the West Bank and Gaza have no purpose except to destroy Israel, and the Arab countries will not let them go until they destroy Israel.