Web Desk (April 13, 2018): The protests, dubbed “The March of Return,” have led to confrontations between Palestinians and Israeli troops.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said at least 30 shot and wounded. Many of the injuries were the result of live ammunition and tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers, the ministry said.The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement that 10,000 Palestinians had gathered in five locations along the border fence. The IDF said several attempts to “harm or breach the security infrastructure” along the border had taken place, including the detonation of an explosive device near the disused crossing point at Karni, and the throwing of firebombs.
The IDF said it was responding with what it called riot dispersal means, and that it was firing in accordance with the rules of engagement.The Israeli military and officials have repeatedly said they will not allow any breach of the fence, and that those who do not abide by the rules of engagement will be shot.
In all, 34 Palestinians have been killed in violence in Gaza since the latest round of demonstrations began on March 30.