Unarmed Young Palestinians Are Not a Threat to Israel, says PLO

Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded woman during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel Friday

Israel's military said that thousands had engaged in "riots" at the shared Israel-Gaza border on Friday and had used "riot dispersal means".

The human rights organization Amnesty International has accused Israel of committing a "bloody attacks" against Palestinians participating in demonstrations along the border.

So the remaining question is, would the few Western European arms manufacturing countries who sell to Israel be persuaded to go without in order to somehow empower those Hamas rioters every Friday?

Despite the bloodshed, Palestinians do not intend to end the Great March of Return soon.

Palestinians converged on the Gaza border with Israel for a fifth round of weekly protests Friday, some throwing stones and burning tires, as a top United Nations official urged Israel to refrain from using excessive force against them.

Hundreds of additional protesters ran to the scene, and Israeli armored vehicles sped to the site and fired barrages of tear gas.

There have been no reports of Israeli fatalities.

Friday's violence marks a new chapter to an already bloody series of confrontations between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops, which have unfolded over more than a month.

The Israeli army also claimed that its forces only open fire in self-defence or to stop protesters attempting to breach the barrier separating the coastal enclave from Israel.

The statement refers to the incident reported by the IDF earlier Friday, in which hundreds of Palestinians allegedly rushed the border fence, "as they hurl charges, grenades and bottle bombs and even hit and set fire to the border fence".

"We have much to say to the Israeli occupation and to Hamas", he added.

Ignoring the Hamas role in the impoverishing of the people of the Strip, AI points out that "Gaza now has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world at 44%", and that "four years since the 2014 conflict, some 22,000 people remain displaced".

The statement did not specify the location of the targets. "These people are merely protesting their unbearable conditions and demanding the right to return to their homes and towns in what is now Israel". The European Union also called for an investigation into the incident.

"Old wounds continue to bleed and deepen as we speak, risking the outbreak of another war", Nikolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the UN Security Council. He said Israel would not tolerate Hamas attempts "to use civilians as human shields and as a disguise for terrorists trying to infiltrate into Israel".

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