In pictures: Gazans take to the security fence on 'Land Day'

The Friday Gazan border fence riots left 15 Palestinians dead and over a thousand wounded. The Jerusalem Post offers you a visual exploration of what took place.

By REUTERS
March 31, 2018 17:02
2 minute read.
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A Palestinian runs during clashes with Israeli troops, during a tent city protest along the Israel border with Gaza, March 30, 2018.. (photo credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)

The Friday protests along the Gaza security fence took place during Palestinian "Land Day" and before the Jewish Seder, which marks the beginning of Passover. Palestinian protesters expressed outrage over the recent US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the ongoing blockade of Gaza and the hardships of living in the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip. Israeli security forces warned the people of Gaza to stay away from the border fence, and deployed snipers and drones to thwart a possible attempt by the large crowd to cross into Israel.

 Palestinian protestors shout during clashes with the IDF ( IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS).
A Palestinian steps on a poster depicting US President Donald Trump during a tent city protest along the Israel border with Gaza, March 30, 2018 (IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)

Israeli soldiers listen to a briefing on the Israeli side of the border with the northern Gaza Strip, Israel, March 29, 2018 (AMIR COHEN/REUTERS).

Israeli drone drops tear gas grenades during clashes with Palestinians participating in a tent city protest along the Israel border with Gaza, March 30, 2018 (MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS).

Palestinians run from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during clashes, during a tent city protest along the Israel border with Gaza, March 30, 2018 (MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS).

Israeli snipers were positioned to prevent protesters from breaching the fence and terrorists placing improvised explosive devices near it. Snipers were also used to prevent fire from the Palestinian side towards IDF positions. Hamas confirmed on Saturday that 5 of the 15 people killed were members of the Hamas armed wing, the Al Kassam Brigades.

Israeli soldiers are seen next to the border fence on the Israeli side of the border with the northern Gaza Strip, Israel, March 30, 2018 (AMIR COHEN/REUTERS).


A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops, March 30, 2018 (IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS).    
Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Hamdan Abu Amshah, who was killed along Israel border with Gaza, during his funeral in Beit Hanoun town, in the northern Gaza Strip March 31, 2018 (SUHAIB SALEM / REUTERS).

Mourners hold back a relative of Palestinian Hamdan Abu Amshah, who was killed along Israel border with Gaza, during his funeral in Beit Hanoun town, in the northern Gaza Strip March 31, 2018 (SUHAIB SALEM / REUTERS).

Israeli-Arab human rights group Adalah criticized Israel's usage of live ammunition during the protests, citing concern that this might be in violation of international norms. IDF spokesperson Avichay Adraee, speaking in Arabic with Reuters reporters, said: ''There are protests and aggressive riots. The Israeli Defense Forces resisted it by using methods that break up protests.''

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared Saturday to be a day of national mourning following the deaths of the  Palestinian protesters.

A demonstrator holds Palestinian holds during clashes with Israeli troops, March 30, 2018 (MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS).

 


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