Israeli Forces Kill, Injure Dozens of Palestinians in Gaza

Israeli Forces Kill, Injure Dozens of Palestinians in Gaza

The Gaza Health Ministry said that since the start of the weekly Great March of Return protests previous year, the Israeli army has killed more than 275 demonstrators and wounded 17,000 others, who were officially referred to hospitals.

This week's demonstrations were seen as a key test for a fragile truce agreed between Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas and Israel.

Israeli colonialism has disrupted the daily life of Palestinians and prevents them from exercising their rights to free determination, while it invades their properties, lives and hopes, he stated.

The violence started on Friday 3 May when the Israeli military and Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad traded fire.

Israel did not publicly confirm the deal, but on Friday lifted the ban it had imposed on Palestinian fishing boats operating off Gaza.

Palestinians are demanding an end to an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza.

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said today that in the past two weeks alone, Israeli forces destroyed 41 Palestinian-owned structures in occupied East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank, displacing 38 people and affecting 121 others.

Israel released four Palestinian fishermen, on Saturday evening, who were detained earlier off the central coast of the besieged Gaza Strip.

"Application of the measure is conditioned on the Gaza Strip fishermen respecting the agreements", AFP news agency cited COGAT as saying.

Ahead of that fighting Israel had already deployed its Iron Dome missile defense batteries throughout the country in anticipation of a particularly tense period that includes Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Eurovision, Israel's Memorial and Independence Days, and the first anniversary of the opening of the contentious US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Israel reopens Gaza crossings as calm restored.

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