Gaza Strip Inflamed by Violence: Casualties, Demonstrations and Protests in London

Published April 8th, 2018 - 08:04 GMT

Hundreds of protesters gathered at Whitehall opposite Downing Street in London to protest in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. This was after Israeli troops killed nine during the latest border clashes.

Thousands of protesters approached the border fence around Gaza for a second Friday in a row, burning tyres and hurling stones at Israeli forces, who responded with tear gas and live ammunition. In addition to the nine dead, at least 491 were wounded by Israeli gunfire, the health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza enclave said. 

Among those killed at Friday's protest was Yasser Murtaja, a photographer with the Gaza-based Ain Media agency, who died from his wounds after being shot, the local health ministry said. Murtaja's family confirmed his death, with witnesses saying he was close to the front of the protests in Southern Gaza when he was hit.

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Palestinian journalists carry a portrait of journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City on Apr. 7, 2018. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

Palestinian journalists carry a portrait of journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City on Apr. 7, 2018. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

Protesters shout slogans and hold placards during a demonstration on Whitehall opposite Downing Street in central London on April 7, 2018 in support of the Palestianians in the Gaza Strip calling for a stop to the killing organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain. 

(Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

Protesters shout slogans and hold placards during a demonstration on Whitehall opposite Downing Street in central London on April 7, 2018 in support of the Palestianians in the Gaza Strip calling for a stop to the killing organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain. (Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

Relatives of Osama Qudeih, who was killed during clashes with Israeli forces on the Israeli-Gaza border, mourn during his funeral in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018. 
(SAID KHATIB / AFP)

Relatives of Osama Qudeih, who was killed during clashes with Israeli forces on the Israeli-Gaza border, mourn during his funeral in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018. (SAID KHATIB / AFP)

Relatives mourn over the body of Alaa al-Zamili, a teenager who died the day before from wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli forces on the border with Israel, during his funeral on Apr. 7, 2018, in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. 
(SAID KHATIB / AFP)

Relatives mourn over the body of Alaa al-Zamili, a teenager who died the day before from wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli forces on the border with Israel, during his funeral on Apr. 7, 2018, in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. (SAID KHATIB / AFP)

Protesters shout slogans and hold placards during a demonstration on Whitehall opposite Downing Street in central London on Apr. 7, 2018 in support of the Palestianians in the Gaza Strip calling for a stop to the killing organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain. 

(Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

Protesters shout slogans and hold placards during a demonstration on Whitehall opposite Downing Street in central London on Apr. 7, 2018 in support of the Palestianians in the Gaza Strip calling for a stop to the killing organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain. (Tolga AKMEN / AFP)

Palestinian journalists carry a portrait of journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City on Apr. 7, 2018. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
Protesters shout slogans and hold placards during a demonstration on Whitehall opposite Downing Street in central London on April 7, 2018 in support of the Palestianians in the Gaza Strip calling for a stop to the killing organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain. 

(Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
Relatives of Osama Qudeih, who was killed during clashes with Israeli forces on the Israeli-Gaza border, mourn during his funeral in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018. 
(SAID KHATIB / AFP)
Relatives mourn over the body of Alaa al-Zamili, a teenager who died the day before from wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli forces on the border with Israel, during his funeral on Apr. 7, 2018, in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. 
(SAID KHATIB / AFP)
Protesters shout slogans and hold placards during a demonstration on Whitehall opposite Downing Street in central London on Apr. 7, 2018 in support of the Palestianians in the Gaza Strip calling for a stop to the killing organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain. 

(Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
Palestinian journalists carry a portrait of journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City on Apr. 7, 2018. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
Palestinian journalists carry a portrait of journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City on Apr. 7, 2018. (MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)
Protesters shout slogans and hold placards during a demonstration on Whitehall opposite Downing Street in central London on April 7, 2018 in support of the Palestianians in the Gaza Strip calling for a stop to the killing organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain. 

(Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
Protesters shout slogans and hold placards during a demonstration on Whitehall opposite Downing Street in central London on April 7, 2018 in support of the Palestianians in the Gaza Strip calling for a stop to the killing organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain. (Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
Relatives of Osama Qudeih, who was killed during clashes with Israeli forces on the Israeli-Gaza border, mourn during his funeral in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018. 
(SAID KHATIB / AFP)
Relatives of Osama Qudeih, who was killed during clashes with Israeli forces on the Israeli-Gaza border, mourn during his funeral in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2018. (SAID KHATIB / AFP)
Relatives mourn over the body of Alaa al-Zamili, a teenager who died the day before from wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli forces on the border with Israel, during his funeral on Apr. 7, 2018, in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. 
(SAID KHATIB / AFP)
Relatives mourn over the body of Alaa al-Zamili, a teenager who died the day before from wounds sustained in clashes with Israeli forces on the border with Israel, during his funeral on Apr. 7, 2018, in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. (SAID KHATIB / AFP)
Protesters shout slogans and hold placards during a demonstration on Whitehall opposite Downing Street in central London on Apr. 7, 2018 in support of the Palestianians in the Gaza Strip calling for a stop to the killing organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain. 

(Tolga AKMEN / AFP)
Protesters shout slogans and hold placards during a demonstration on Whitehall opposite Downing Street in central London on Apr. 7, 2018 in support of the Palestianians in the Gaza Strip calling for a stop to the killing organised by the Palestinian Forum in Britain. (Tolga AKMEN / AFP)