Why are Palestinians burning Israeli flags in Gaza?

Why are Palestinians burning Israeli flags in Gaza?

Why are Palestinians burning Israeli flags in Gaza?

"Media reports suggest that on Friday, Israeli soldiers will once again be ordered by high command - in contravention of global law - to engage in sniper fire on Gaza residents who come within 300 meters of the border fence or engage in other non-life-threatening actions".

The apologetic letter published by The Guardian was signed by four former Israeli combatants expressing their distress over the most recent killings of demonstrators in Gaza.

Gaza's Health Ministry said more than 1,300 Palestinians were wounded by live fire in the past two weeks. The theme of the day for the protests was "Flag Friday" - burning the Israeli flag and raising giant Palestinian flags.

Palestinian protesters chant slogans as they pull part of the fence that the Israeli Army placed, during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, April 13, 2018.

An Israeli military spokesman said Friday its troops were "responding with riot dispersal means while also firing in accordance with the rules of engagement".

It distributed a photo of "a terrorist wielding an item suspected of being an explosive device", but an AFP journalist who witnessed the event said it was a firework that did not explode.

Outside, at the entrance to the area, a large Israeli flag had been placed on the ground for people to walk over.

The army said troops were instructed to use crowd control measures and resort to live fire only to prevent infiltration attempts, militant attacks, or attempts to harm soldiers.

The violence erupted after thousands of Palestinians staged a protest along the border, the third weekly protest scheduled through mid-May. "I am not afraid of death because there is no life in Gaza".

In the first Friday of protests two weeks ago, Gazan refugees marched for the right of return to their homes in what is now Israel. While protests have been largely peaceful, a minority of protesters have thrown stones and, according to the Israeli army, Molotov cocktails in the direction of the fence. It has pledged to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and says there have been attempts at all three.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the European Union have called for an independent investigation. Among those hurt was a Gaza journalist who was shot in the abdomen, the officials said.

Today one Palestinian, Ahmed Hirzallah, 28, was shot dead and 416 others were injured.

Palestinian protesters burn an Israeli flag with pictures of US President Donald Trump during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with israel.

The embassy move has deeply angered the Palestinians, who see the Israel-annexed eastern sector of Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

That is the day Palestinians will mark the 70th anniversary of the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe", when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced amid violence culminating in war between newly created Israel and its neighbours in May 1948.

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