UN: 32 Palestinians killed, 3000 injured in 2 weeks of Protests on Gaza-Israel border

Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth who was shot by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, Friday, April 13, 2018. (AP)
Updated 13 April 2018
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UN: 32 Palestinians killed, 3000 injured in 2 weeks of Protests on Gaza-Israel border

  • Large numbers of protestors are expected to gather in five spots along the border after prayers on Friday afternoon.
  • Israeli forces have killed 33 Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others since protests began on March 30.

Gaza: Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian and wounded  more than 900 during a large protest on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday in which demonstrators hurled stones and burning tyres near the frontier fence, Palestinian medics said.
Some in the Gaza crowd threw firebombs and an explosive device, according to the Israeli military.
Thousands of Palestinians arrived at tented camps near the frontier as a protest dubbed “The Great March of Return” - evoking a longtime call for refugees to regain ancestral homes in what is now Israel - moved into its third week.
Israeli troops have shot dead 30 Gaza Palestinians and wounded hundreds since the protests began, drawing international criticism of the lethal tactics used against them.
An Israeli military spokesman said troops were being confronted by rioters and "responding with riot dispersal means while also firing in accordance with the rules of engagement".
On Friday, groups of youths waved Palestinian flags and burnt hundreds of tyres and Israeli flags near the fenced-off border after Friday prayers. At one camp east of Gaza City, youths carried on their shoulders a coffin wrapped in an Israeli flag bearing the words "The End of Israel".
Israel has declared a no-go zone close to the Gaza border fence, and deployed army sharpshooters along it.
No Israelis have been killed during the demonstrations, and human rights groups say the Israeli military has used live fire against demonstrators who pose no immediate threat to life.
Israel says it is doing what it must to defend its border, and to stop any of the protesters getting across the fence.
The planned six-week protest has revived a longstanding demand for the right of return of Palestinian refugees to towns and villages from which their families fled, or were driven out, when the state of Israel was created 70 years ago.
The protest began on March 30, and is expected to culminate on May 15.


UN says donors pledge $4.4bn dollars in aid for Syria and its neighbors in 2018

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UN says donors pledge $4.4bn dollars in aid for Syria and its neighbors in 2018

BEIRUT: UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock says he expects donors to pledge 4.4 billion dollars in humanitarian aid for Syria and neighbors sheltering its refugees for 2018.
Lowcock told reporters during an international donor conference in Brussels Wednesday involving around 85 delegations that the figure was his “best guess” based on commitments made so far.
He said “we’ve made a good start,” even though the pledges would fall well short of the estimated 7 billion dollars the UN is seeking.
Lowcock thanked the EU, Germany and Britain for making large offers.