Palestinians to join anti-Israel protests in eastern Gaza

Palestinians to join anti-Israel protests in eastern Gaza

Palestinians to join anti-Israel protests in eastern Gaza

A Palestinian teen jailed for slapping an Israeli soldier near her home in the occupied West Bank lost an appeal on Wednesday for her early release, her supporters said.

The Palestinian Information Ministry said Israeli forces had killed Ezz El-Deen al-Tamimi, 21, in "cold blood".

The specter of a mass border breach from the Palestinian enclave terrifies many Israelis and has caused high levels of support for the army's conduct despite an worldwide outcry at the high number of deaths, including from Israel's allies.

Israel Defense Forces investigators say initial findings show that 22-year-old Gazan nurse Razan Ashraf Najjar was not deliberately targeted but rather was inadvertently hit by gunfire during violence at the Gaza-Israel border last week.

Attacks have petered off in recent months as the Palestinian focus has shifted toward protests at the Gaza border, where Israeli troops have killed over 115 Palestinians wounded almost 3,700 more during near-weekly protests, according to Palestinian health officials.

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The video of Tamimi's confrontation with the soldiers went viral, with some Israelis saying it was an example of the army not responding to provocations, but others saying the soldiers were humiliated. The overwhelming majority of the dead and wounded have been unarmed, according to Gaza health officials. Two-thirds of Gaza's 2 million residents are descendants of refugees. "We need real Arab support and solidarity with our cause", said Saleh, a student of Arabic literature who wore a medical mask against the tear gas.

Over 120 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the protests.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war.

This latest incident occurred amid the daily violence on the Israel-Gaza border under the banner of the March of Return, orchestrated by Hamas, the Islamic terror group that rules the Strip and calls for Israel's destruction.

Demonstrators also chanted anti-American slogans to condemn the USA decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

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