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Israeli forces kill at least six Palestinians in Gaza

14 October 2018

Gaza health officials said seven Palestinians were killed and 140 people wounded by Israeli forces during weekly protests on Friday.

He was speaking at a funeral of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli forces along the border fence between the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied territories a day earlier.

At least 204 Palestinians have been martyred by Israeli fire in Gaza since protests began on March 30.

The Israeli military said that the demonstrators, numbering around 14,000, had been "hurling rocks, explosive devices, firebombs and grenades" at Israeli troops and at the fence.

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On Friday, a bomb was detonated along the fence and a number of Gazans entered into Israel, according to IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, who tweeted "some 20 terrorists crossed through the hole created by the IED, about 5 assaulted the IDF position and were repelled".

Israeli police said on Saturday they were investigating the death of a Palestinian woman in the occupied West Bank, after her husband said he suspected Israeli settlers had pelted their auto with rocks.

In response to the violence, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman decided Friday evening to cut off the flow of fuel into Gaza in light of Friday's violence.

Although the fuel was aimed at making the situation better in Gaza- where residents are now only receiving around four hours of electricity per day on average - the Qatar-bought delivery was protested by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as it was arranged with Hamas rather than his government.

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The men subsequently approached an Israeli border post and were shot, the Israeli army said.

In addition, 10 fires broke out in southern Israel which were started by incendiary balloons launched over the border from Gaza, according to The Times of Israel.

Protesters demand the "right of return" to their homes and villages in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

Israel accuses the enclave's rulers Hamas of leading the protests and using them as a cover for attacks.

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Israeli forces kill at least six Palestinians in Gaza