Gaza toll rises to 17 after Palestinian dies of wounds: ministry

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It marked the beginning of a six-week sit-in, starting on Land Day, an event that commemorates six Palestinian citizens of Israel who were shot dead by Israeli forces after protesting the government's confiscation of large swaths of Palestinian land on March 30, 1976.

"Faris al-Riqib, 29, was injured in the abdomen east of Khan Younis on Friday and died today", ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement.

The Palestinian death toll from Israel's deadly response to peaceful protests last week rose to 18 Monday, as Gazans prepared for another day of mass protests Friday.

Al-Qedra noted that 200 children and 57 women were among the injuries.

On Saturday, 49 more people were wounded in the ongoing demonstrations.

The spokesman urged worldwide, humanitarian and human rights organizations to take action and file lawsuits against Israel for targeting peaceful demonstrators.

The IDF has put up additional barbed-wire fences all along the Gaza Strip border in order to prevent Palestinian protesters from trying to cross the fence into Israel.

Officials said Israel has a right to defend its border, and that troops were instructed to target what the army described as the "main instigators".

Many Palestinians in Gaza are descendants of those who were displaced in 1948.




Manelis said that the man in the video "had carried out acts of terror along the fence for several hours", an apparent reference to the burning of tyres, but said the military would investigate.

Hundreds of Palestinians - a fraction of the tens of thousands who initially turned out for Friday's protest - remained in tent encampments along the fenced 65-km (40-mile) border over the weekend.

He warned Palestinians to stay away from the border and said Hamas was responsible for any violence that took place.

The Israeli military accused Hamas of releasing videos that were incomplete, edited or "completely fabricated".

In the case of the man with the tire, the army said the video told only part of the story, and said he was a Hamas militant who had been involved in violence just moments before he was shot.

"The Israeli army used unbridled violence, unleashing more than 100 snipers and firing live ammunition, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets against the protesters before the very eyes of the entire worldwide community", Ashrawi said in a statement on Saturday.

The toll prompted the European Union and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to call for an independent investigation, which Israel has flatly rejected.

The Iranian parliament speaker then said the terrorists in Tel Aviv understand no language other than aggression and added resistance is the most significant mechanism in fight against the vicious goals of the Zionist regime.

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