Israeli Army: Slain Gaza Medic Wasn't Shot Deliberately

Israeli Army: Slain Gaza Medic Wasn't Shot Deliberately

A senior Israeli army official has assured lawmakers that forces are dedicating significant resources to combating Palestinian construction in the occupied West Bank.

"The soldier who was hit by the rock fired towards the Palestinian, who was injured and medically treated by IDF (Israeli army) troops at the scene", the spokesperson said.

"A military police investigation was opened concerning the circumstances in the death of a Palestinian shot by the IDF during an arrest operation in Nebi Saleh on June 6, 2018".

Since late April thousands of Palestinians have been taking part in protests along the Gaza-Israel border that quickly turned violent, calling for the right to return to their ancestral homelands in what is now Israel.

Palestinian political factions are calling for a "million-man" demonstration on Friday to show solidarity with Jerusalem and demand an end to the decade-long Israeli/Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip. Israel has shot literally several thousand Palestinian protesters over the past couple of months, so shooting unarmed protesters is not an unusual thing for them. Others threw stones or flew kites with burning rags attached, aiming to send them over the border and set Israeli fields on fire.

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Since March 30, at least 119 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza - a besieged territory of almost 2 million people on the Mediterranean coast. "We need real Arab support and solidarity with our cause", said Saleh, a student of Arabic literature who wore a medical mask against the tear gas.

Israel accuses Hamas of using demonstrators as human shields while trying to carry out attacks and says it is defending its sovereign border.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war.

Demonstrators also chanted anti-American slogans to condemn the USA decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Police also detained two other Palestinians, including a youth, from inside the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

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