Palestinian child dies of serious wounds sustained during protests in Gaza

Palestinian child dies of serious wounds sustained during protests in Gaza

Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded woman during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel, Friday, April 13, 2018.

"Israel must calibrate its use of force and minimize the use of live fire".

In addition to the killings by Israeli forces, he said there have been "an increasing number of risky incidents at the fence" by Palestinians, including planting improvised explosive devices — at least one which exploded — and throwing Molotov cocktails, as well as attempting to get through the fence.

This is the fifth consecutive week of mass protests.

UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said Israel must address what he called an excessive use of force in Gaza - saying the loss of life is "deplorable" and the number of injuries is staggering.

The death toll includes 35 people killed during demonstrations as part of the "Great March of Return" - evoking a longtime call for refugees to regain ancestral homes in what is now Israel - and appear to have been unarmed and no imminent threat to Israeli security forces, the statement said.

The statement refers to the incident reported by the IDF earlier Friday, in which hundreds of Palestinians allegedly rushed the border fence, "as they hurl charges, grenades and bottle bombs and even hit and set fire to the border fence".

In what the army said was a direct response, Israeli warplanes late Friday attacked "six military targets belonging to the Hamas terror organisation's naval force in the Gaza Strip".

Palestinian child dies of serious wounds sustained during protests in Gaza

The protest movement is officially independent, but has the support of Hamas.

Condemning the "brutalities and crimes against Palestinian civilians", Mansour said the Israeli forces' actions should be stopped and human rights violators be held accountable.

The soldiers also injured more than 995, including at least 178 who were shot with live fire.

Some 41 rioters have died since a wave of Hamas-orchestrated border disturbances began on March 30. They used "wire cutters, hooks and winches to try to pull down the barriers", according to the Times.

The human rights group Amnesty International called for a global arms embargo against Israel, accusing it of "carrying out a murderous assault" against Palestinian protesters.

Similar initiatives will continue every Friday until May 15, the day on which Palestinians commemorate the "Nakba", "Catastrophe", of the birth of the state of Israel.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman blamed Hamas for the teenager's death, while Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon called on the worldwide body to condemn Hamas's use of children as a cover for their terror activities. Hamas denies the charge.

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