Israeli Forces Strike Gaza After Border Blast

Tear gas fired by Israeli forces passes through smoke created by Palestinian protesters burning tires during clashes along the Gaza Israel border

At least thirty Palestinian protesters have been injured as tensions at the Israeli-Gaza border begin to heat up on the third consecutive Friday of protests, Gaza's health ministry reported.

Israel claimed the attack came in response to the detonation of an explosive device at the border fence between Gaza and Israel.

The Israeli army has shot dead 32 Palestinian protesters since border clashes intensified on March 30, drawing global condemnation.

In two weeks, Israeli fire murdered 34 Palestinians, for example 27 throughout protests.

More mass protests are planned for April 13.

Israeli ministers have defended soldiers heard laughing and cheering on a video clip showing an apparently unarmed Palestinian man being shot dead on the Gaza border.

"We will return to Palestine, our villages and Jerusalem", Haniyeh said in a fiery speech at one of five protest camps set up along the border.

Gaza has been under an Israeli blockade for more than 10 years, while its border with Egypt has also been largely closed in recent years.

He was one of a number of Hamas fighters manning an observation point east of Gaza City when it was struck early on Thursday, a security source said. Smaller groups moved closer to the fence, burning Israeli flags, throwing stones and torching tires.

The company Murtaja co-founded had been vetted for USA government funding, while an worldwide journalists federation said he was harassed and beaten by Hamas police in 2015.

Israel accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to carry out violence.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh renewed a pledge Monday that the marches would pave the way for a return of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to what is now Israel.

The marches are scheduled to continue until May 15, the 70 anniversary for the establishment of the state of Israel.

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