Siege in Gaza: At least 12 killed by Israeli forces and 400 injured as thousands of Palestinians swarm the border, burn photos of Trump, and vow to protest for six weeks until the US embassy moves to Jerusalem

Friday, March 30, 2018
By Paul Martin

Hundreds injured as Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli military at Gaza border, officials say
At least 12 protesters killed in clashes and one man died earlier on Friday in Israeli shelling on Gaza
Thousands of Palestinians have gathered in tent encampments set up in five sites near the border
The ‘tent protest’ will last for six weeks, until the U.S. carries out move of embassy to Jerusalem
Protesters were seen burning posters of U.S. President Donald Trump at the border today

By SARA MALM
DAILYMAIL.COM
30 March 2018

At least 12 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds hurt during one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border in recent years.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians, pressing for a right of return for refugees to what is now Israel, gathered at five locations along the fenced 40-mile frontier where tents were erected for a planned six-week protest, local officials said.

Demonstrators were also seen burning and stamping on posters with the face of U.S. President Donald Trump, who ordered the move of the embassy from Tel Aviv.

The Israeli military estimated there were 30,000 demonstrators and used a drone to drop tear gas on the massive crowds.

Gaza health officials said one of the 12 dead was aged 16 and at least 400 people were wounded by live gunfire, while others were struck by rubber bullets or treated for tear gas inhalation.

Families brought their children to the encampments just a few hundred yards from the Israeli security barrier with the Hamas Islamist-run enclave and football fields were marked in the sand and scout bands played.

But as the day wore on, hundreds of Palestinian youths ignored calls from the organisers and the Israeli military to stay away from the frontier, where Israeli soldiers across the border kept watch from dirt mound embankments.

The military said its troops had used ‘riot dispersal means and firing towards main instigators.’ Some of the demonstrators were ‘rolling burning tires and hurling stones’ at the border fence and at soldiers.

Israeli troops fired live bullets and tear gas at protesters on the other side of the border fence, and hundreds of Palestinians were wounded by army fire, Gaza officials said.

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