Gaza is about to explode, warns United Nations official

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With over 40 Palestinians killed and more than 5,500 injured during protests in Gaza over the past month many by live ammunition the top United Nations human rights official has called on Israel to ensure that its security forces do not resort to use of excessive force amid the ongoing demonstrations.

Israel says it is protecting its borders and takes such action only when protesters, some hurling stones and rolling burning tires, come too close to the border fence.

"While Nikki Haley and other officials of the Trump Administration continue forging reality by adopting Israeli talking points and false claims aimed at justifying the systematic denial of our rights and attacks against our people, the fact that matters is that during nearly a month of demonstrations in Gaza, the Israeli Army has killed over 43 Palestinian civilians, including children, as well as injuring over 6,000 people either by the use of tear gas or shooting live ammunition", he added.

Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded woman during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel, Friday, April 13, 2018.

More than 10,000 people were protesting when soldiers shot live ammunition and tear gas into crowds, Reuters reported. 175 of the wounded Palestinians were injured in Northern Gaza, 251 in Gaza city area, 200 in Central Gaza, 146 in Khan Younis and 183 in Rafah.

Earlier on Friday, the UN's human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein criticised Israel for using what he called "excessive force", and said live fire had caused a "staggering number" of injuries.

The human rights group in a report said Israel is carrying out a murderous assault against protesting Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

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The Israeli military said 12,000-14,000 Gazans were participating in what it described as "riots, ' and that some had tried to breach the border into Israel".

The Palestinian protesters are demanding that refugees be allowed to return to ancestral land now in Israel.

Many countries at a UN Security Council meeting the previous day pointed to the necessity of an independent investigation. This is evil in its purest form, ' he said.

Gaza is run by the Islamist Hamas movement, which Israel and the West designate a terrorist organization.

Israeli troops have killed more than 40 people since the demonstrations began on 30 March. An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment. The authors write: "Israelis have been worrying aloud about what their soldiers would do in response". "They're trying to infiltrate into Israel, damage our infrastructure and kill Israelis". "That's a violent threat".

In addition to the killings by Israeli forces, he said there have been "an increasing number of unsafe incidents at the fence" by Palestinians, including planting improvised explosive devices — at least one which exploded — and throwing Molotov cocktails, as well as attempting to get through the fence. One can only imagine the moral indignation of the Times if it was the Russian, Syrian or Iranian governments shooting at unarmed protesters.

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