Tens of thousands of Arab Muslims who call themselves “Palestinians,” demanding an (illegal) right of return (for Arabs who left Israel of their own accord in 1948 and the hundreds of thousands of children who were born to them after they left) to what is the Jewish state of Israel, gathered at five locations along the fenced 40-mile border where tents were erected for a planned six-week protest.
(Of course they can protest for 6 weeks. Until Trump put a stop to it, America had been funding hundreds of millions of dollars in their welfare costs EVERY year, so they didn’t have to work)
Reuters The military said its troops had used mainly “riot dispersal means including tear gas and rubber bullets,but started firing guns at the main instigators who were “rolling burning tires and hurling rocks” at the soldiers. The Israeli military estimate of the protesters was 30,000.
Live fire was used only against people trying to sabotage the border security fence and at least two of the dead were Hamas operatives, an Israeli military official said.
Two Palestinians were killed by tank fire, the Gaza Health Ministry said. The Israeli military said the two were militants who had opened fire at troops across the border.
Gaza health officials allege that one of the dead was aged 16 and at least 400 people were wounded by live gunfire, while others were struck by rubber bullets or treated for tear gas inhalation.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement that Israel was responsible for the violence and declared Saturday a national day of mourning.