Funeral Held For Journalist Shot During Protest at Gaza Border
- Author: Tracy Klein Apr 09, 2018,
Apr 09, 2018, 0:33
They were among thousands of protesters who approached the border fence around Gaza for a second Friday in a row, burning tyres and hurling stones at Israeli forces, who responded with tear gas and live ammunition.
No injuries were reported on the Israeli side.
On March 30, Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians as a protest by tens of thousands led to clashes and the bloodiest day since a 2014.
Ramallah, Apr. 8 (BNA): Palestine News and Information Agency (WAFA) said it has documented 28 violations by Israeli occupation forces against journalists working in the occupied Palestinian territories during March. "The IDF does not intentionally target journalists. The IDF fired towards them".
At the very least two Palestinians had been shot dead from weekend protests across the Gaza boundary.
However, Israel says Hamas itself is to blame for the humanitarian crisis because of its refusal to disarm and renounce violence. The blockade has made it increasingly hard for Hamas to govern.
"The majority of the people of the Gaza Strip are stateless refugees, subject to a decade-long blockade and the denial of basic human and political rights".
The Israeli military said that "three suspects crossed into Israel in the northern Gaza border area and returned to Gaza". Hundreds of Palestinians, including Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, attended the funeral of Murtaja in Gaza, Palestinian sources said.
"The Return March is a battle of truth and awareness", Haniyeh said of the protests.
It was wrapped in a Palestinian flag, with a press flak jacket placed on his stomach. Dozens of his close friends and colleagues were sobbing after the coffin was taken out of the morgue.
Reporters Without Borders on Saturday accused the Israeli army of the "deliberate shooting" of journalists in Gaza after a week of bloodshed by the border. He was one of the first to bring a drone camera into Gaza and his images captivated many of its residents who have never seen Gaza from above since it has no airport or skyscrapers.
There were indications that Israel used "excessive force" against protesters last week.
There were discrepancies in Palestinian reports on the Gaza death toll from those clashes. Almost 500 people were injured by live fire and rubber bullets, 33 seriously, it said. Footage taken of the wounded journalist shortly after he was shot shows medics frantically bandaging his chest and trying to connect an IV drip. "I would be happy if we could live in peace, but they don't want to sit and talk with us".
Friends say it reflected his greatest wish - to escape Gaza's isolation.