Israel, Gaza exchange fire after Palestinian woman killed at border

Jun 03, 2018, 21:11
Israel, Gaza exchange fire after Palestinian woman killed at border

The Iron Dome aerial defence system intercepted one projectile, while the other was believed to have fallen short of its target and landed within Gaza, according to the army.

The Palestinian Medical Relief Society also demanded "an immediate global response to Israeli humanitarian law violations in Gaza".

Among the targets were two ammunition manufacturing and storage sites, the Israeli military said, as well as a military compound.

They came to retrieve her body from the hospital where she and her friends had cared for the injured of this increasingly bloody confrontation along the border between Israel and Gaza.

Gaza terrorists had already fired two mortar shells at the Eshkol Regional Council district in southern Israel at around 8 pm Saturday night. Israel responded with 60 airstrikes.

According to Haaretz, its rockets were fired in retaliation for the death of Razan Al-Najar, a 21-year-old Palestinian medic killed by an Israeli sniper while treating wounded protesters near the border fence at Khan Younes on Friday.

On Friday, she was less than 100 yards from the fence when she was bandaging the man struck by the tear gas canister, Ibrahim al-Najjar said.

None of Gaza's militant groups claim responsibility. At 12:57 am Sunday, the IDF confirmed that a rocket was sacked at southern Israel from Gaza, and then shot down by the Iron Dome, near the city of Sderot.

Amid worldwide condemnation of its use of lethal force, Israel said numerous dead were militants and that the Israeli army was repelling attacks on the border fence between Israel and Gaza. "The explosive bullet was directly shot in her chest; it was not a random bullet", she added.

The Israeli military says it is investigating the incident but consistently condemns the rallies as a cover for Hamas to attack soldiers at the border.

Israel, which has drawn worldwide condemnation for its use of deadly force, says many of those killed were Hamas members and militants trying to launch attacks under cover of the protests. Palestinians want to establish an independent state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital. The military said some hurled grenades and pipe bombs at troops behind the border fence.

Smoke rises following an Israeli strikes on Gaza City, early Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

On May 14, when the protests peaked over the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, a 14-year-old girl, Wessal Sheikh Khalil, was the first female protesters to be shot dead. He said he was anxious and asked her not to go to the border area Friday but she refused.

On Friday, the protests resumed, and thousands of Palestinians took part in what the Israeli military described as violent riots at five locations along the security fence, burning tires and throwing stones.

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