Clashes erupt on Gaza border between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters

Published October 29th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
A Palestinian man carries a mattress at the rubble of a destroyed building following a military attack on his home. (AFP/File)
A Palestinian man carries a mattress at the rubble of a destroyed building following a military attack on his home. (AFP/File)

Three Palestinians were injured in Gaza on Friday during clashes with Israeli forces stationed along the border with the Gaza Strip.

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for the ministry of health in Gaza told Ma'an that after they were injured in the clashes, the three were taken to the hospital in moderate condition.

Al-Qidra did not elaborate on the nature of the injuries, and if the three were injured with live fire.

He added that two were injured in clashes east of Gaza City near the Nahal Oz border crossing, and the third was injured east of the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, near the "buffer zone" with Israel.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have demonstrated near the border with Israel nearly every Friday to show solidarity with what Palestinians in Gaza have termed the "Jerusalem Intifada" taking place in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The so-called "buffer zone," where the weekly protests have taken place, was unilaterally declared a "no-go-zone" by Israel in 2005.

29 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip since the unrest spread last October, the majority shot dead during clashes near the buffer zone.

More than 177 Gazans have been injured by Israeli forces since the start of 2016, the vast majority during clashes that broke out with the Israeli military during protests since October, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Both Israeli human rights group B'Tselem and Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) released reports earlier this month, following the death of a Palestinian teen during clashes along the Gaza-Israel border, detailing the culture of impunity reserved for Israeli forces who kill Palestinians, noting the unlikelihood that Israeli soldiers who wrongfully injure and kill Palestinians be held accountable.

"Accountability for shootings by Israeli forces is extremely rare, and Israel routinely defends or denies using lethal force against children," said DCIP, while B'Tselem affirmed that "if an investigation does take place, experience shows the chances of it leading to any substantive results are extremely low."

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