Israeli strike kills Hamas gunman as Gaza border simmers

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers near the border fence east of Gaza City on Dec. 22 2017

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers near the border fence east of Gaza City on Dec. 22 2017

"In response, the Israel Defense Forces struck a number of Hamas military targets", it added.

Murtaja was one of six journalists the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate said were shot Friday.

The Palestinians did not manage to infiltrate the territory of the state of Israel in vast numbers, and the Israeli deterrent was preserved.

"We will break the walls of the blockade, remove the occupation entity and return to all of Palestine", Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh declared on Monday.

Tamer Abu Daqqa, 28, said he recognized himself in the video, which was filmed on December 22 in southern Gaza, particularly due to the red jacket he was wearing.

The State Department official said she could not provide further details on the vetting process for USAID grants or say whether recipients would be checked against Israeli blacklists.

Israel's defense minister said Tuesday that a Palestinian journalist who was shot dead by Israeli troops on the Israeli-Gaza border was a Hamas operative, although the media production company he founded had recently been vetted for a US government grant.

No Israelis were reported injured in the explosion, which the army's radio station said appeared to have targeted a mechanical digger.

"Son of a bi**h!" one soldier, who appears to have recorded the video, yells. Israeli forces have even released videos to show their shooting victims in action, including a pair of gunmen opening fire and others tampering with the border fence. In February, four soldiers were wounded, two of them seriously, when a Palestinian terrorist group detonated a bomb that was made to look like a flagstaff, which was fixed to the security fence.

Numerous demonstrators, however, have said they are simply demanding what they say is their United Nations -supported right of return to areas now in Israel.

"Considering that the indiscriminate use of force against the civilian population is absolutely unacceptable, we once again call upon the Palestinians and Israelis to refrain from steps that will exacerbate this risky tension", Moscow's foreign ministry said in a statement. But he said a Palestinian's affiliation to an organization can not be the reason for opening fire, but rather what action the person took that posed a threat, according to the Israeli army's rules of engagement.

Israel's military and political leadership have defended the use of live fire against protesters, saying that they will continue to protect Israel's border. "If they were men they would face me without weapons as I faced them", he said.

The Israeli army on Tuesday announced that disciplinary action over the taping of the incident and distribution of the video would be taken, but the snipers' actions had been correct.

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