Israeli soldiers kill five Palestinians at Gaza border protest

Leroy Wright
October 13, 2018

Thousands of Palestinians joined demonstrations as part of the March of Return protests that started on 30 March to demand an end to Israel's 11-year blockade on Gaza and the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their hometowns in what is now Israel.

Palestinian witnesses and security sources cited by the news agency said the stones were thrown by Israeli settlers.

One Israeli soldier has been killed over the same period.

Israeli soldiers also shot and killed Afifi Mahmoud Afifi, 18, in eastern Gaza City, Qudra said. His name was Mohamed Abbas.

"As far as we are concerned as Palestinians, Mladenov's mission has ended", said Fityani. That's according to the Israeli military.

The Israeli army said approximately 14,000 people had gathered at various sites along the border.

"Following the serious incidents in the Gaza Strip, the defense ministry orders the immediate halt to the delivery of fuel" to the area, he said in a statement.

It said they planted an "explosive device" which blew up and "set the security fence on fire".

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Israel said its troops had shot a group who broke through the fence with a bomb and attacked an army post. "In light of all this, Defense Minister Lieberman chose to stop the flow of fuel to Gaza immediately".

Palestinian mourners across the Gaza Strip have held funerals for seven protesters killed a day earlier.

Critics of the tactic describe it as collective punishment to Palestinians.

The Palestinian Authority, run by Fatah in the West Bank, accused Qatar of defying the Palestinian government by paying for the diesel fuel needed to keep power plants in Gaza running.

CNN crews witnessed Palestinians throwing grenades and burning tires, and burning the border fence - with Israeli forces responding with tear gas, live fire and a water cannon.

The majority were killed during border demonstrations, though others have died in airstrikes and tank shelling.

Qatari-bought fuel began arriving on Tuesday in a bid to alleviate the humanitarian situation in the besieged enclave and prevent any escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence.

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