At least 12 Palestinians have been killed and up to 500 injured
Israeli forces have resorted to spraying tear gas grenades on Palestinian protesters during a rally along the e Israel border with Gaza, demanding the right to return to their homeland.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) ordered the use of tear gas-deploying drones to dire onto huge crowds of Palestinian protesters along the Israel-Gaza border area Friday.
At least 12 Palestinians have been killed and up to 500 injured in the clashes according to Reuters. The IDF also fired lives rounded and rubber-coated steel pellets on crowds demonstrating at the #GreatReturn.
RT reports: “First thing, they [IDF] used tear gas that they fired using vehicle-mounted guns. And then, as the crowds increased, they brought drones to fire tear gas canisters,” an eyewitness, who chose to remain anonymous, told RT.com.
Demonstrators rolled burning tires and hurled stones at the border fence area, prompting the IDF to declare the area a “closed military zone” while accusing “the Hamas terror organization” of endangering the lives of Gaza civilians.
Hamas is leading a violent march on Israel’s southern border. This is a deliberate attempt to provoke conflict. The terror group is using civilians as human shields, classic modus operandi of Islamic extremists. Responsibility for any loss of life lies solely with Hamas. pic.twitter.com/ANNdRlL2ar
— Julie Lenarz (@MsJulieLenarz) March 30, 2018
Tens of thousands of demonstrators called for the right of return for refugees in what is now Israeli territory. The protests and clashes took place in at least six locations along the roughly 65km (40-mile) border fence.
#GreatReturn is coinciding with the Jewish holiday of Passover and it’s feared the demonstrations will serve to increase tensions in the already-volatile region. Palestinians have vowed to continue their protest for six weeks.
Facebook is heavily censoring information from independent sources.
To bypass internet censorship, connect with us directly by enabling our notifications (using the red subscription bell in the bottom right corner) or by subscribing to our free daily newsletter.
Get the latest news delivered straight to your inbox for free every day by signing up below.