Israel has roused international anger over the use of deadly force against most unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, which on Monday caused the largest one-day tariff on Palestinians since the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2014.
Israel said its soldiers had been reluctant and many more demonstrators would die if they tried to invade Israeli territory. But MSF, the international medical charity, said on Friday that they treated more Palestinians in their Gaza clinics last month than during the 201
Israel has used rubber bullets as a deterrent, but military officials say it is only effective at short range. Israel says its soldiers are allowed to use live ammunition as a last resort and are instructed to aim for their ankles or legs.
On Friday, B & # 39; Tselem, a leading Israeli human rights organization, criticized the use of lethal force by the military, saying that the demonstrations are not a surprise and that Israel "has plenty of time to find alternative approaches".
"The fact that rifle-fire shooting is the only measure used by the Israeli military in the field shows appalling indifference to human life on the part of senior Israeli government and military officials," the group said.
But the center-left opposition leader in the Israeli parliament accused Hamas of what he called their self-destructive actions.
"The events in Gaza are very serious, painful and difficult, but I have to say one thing in all fairness," the leader, Isaac Herzog, said in a radio interview. "Whoever sends them to these protests – violence and violence will not help you – look at 70 years of history: you have not achieved anything through violence."
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At least three separate squads of armed Hamas fighters tried to use the turmoil and smoke and dynamics of the turmoil to silence and then attack the fence, "said Colonel Conricus, a spokesman for the Israeli armed forces.
Although he said He said that the Palestinian fighters wore firearms, there were no reports of Israeli troops gunfire, and an Israeli soldier was injured by shrapnel from an explosive device, he added.
The attempts to break the fence widened out of five to 13 on Monday, Colonel Conricus said, calling him "unprecedented" violence. "
In retaliation, he said Israeli jets hit five targets in a Hamas military exercise facility in northern Gaza, and two more Hamas military posts In the area were hit by a plane and a tank. Israel has made clear during the protests that it holds Hamas responsible for any violence from Gaza, and Colonel Conricus did not apologize for the one-sided count of bodies.
"Hamas kills Gaza," he said. "We, on the other hand, defend our houses."
He said the Palestinians involved in the violence did not deserve to be labeled as demonstrators.
"What comes close to the fence are rioters, with a goal to cross the fence – nothing else."
A bigger clash is planned for Tuesday.
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