Mike Pompeo: US 'fully supports Israel's right to defend itself'

The Gaza Ministry of Health said that Uweida is the 44th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip since March 30th, when the massive nonviolent demonstrations began.

Israel says it only opens fire when necessary to stop damage to the Gaza fence, infiltrations and attackers.

He said one of them was gunned down, while the other one was detained.

The military said in a statement: "Two terrorists who infiltrated into Israel hurled explosive devices" at soldiers Sunday night.

Lawyers for the groups said Israel's response to the Gaza protests must follow the rules of engagement for law enforcement officers, who are barred from using lethal force unless they face imminent danger to "life and limb". He said an exception was Friday, when soldiers opened fire at a large crowd that attempted to break through the border fence, killing three people.

Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director who headed overseas nearly immediately after he was sworn in on Thursday, even declined to make a slight criticism against the Israeli military for its use of live fire against Palestinian protesters in the blockaded sliver in the past few weeks.


People in Gaza have been under Israeli blockade for years, and many are unemployed. The person, who spoke on situation of anonymity for concern of repercussions, rejected what he noticed as an try to recruit him.

Six human rights groups asked the court on Monday to restrict or ban the use of live ammunition, after 39 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,600 by Israeli live fire in recent weeks during the Great March of Return protests.

Last December, U.S. President Donald Trump drew condemnation and protest from across the Arab and Muslim world after announcing his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

IDF footage of a Hamas operative attempting to destroy a security camera on the Israel-Gaza border fence, April 2018. Abbas said Monday that he will do so only if Hamas hands over all authority - an unlikely prospect since the militant group refuses to give up control over its weapons.

Since 1948, the Israeli regime has denied Palestinian refugees the right to return, despite United Nations resolutions and global law that upholds people's right to return to their homelands.

Israel typically issues several hundred thousand entry permits a year for West Bankers, ranging from day passes to those valid for several months, for work, health care, study and other purposes.

  • Tracy Klein