Israeli military finds two explosive devices planted on Gaza border

The Defense Ministry’s Coordinator of the Government’s Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai

Israeli authorities state a Palestinian who tried to stab an Israeli at the West Bank was shot.

Israel has faced global criticism over its use of live fire after 10 days of protests and clashes along the fence in which its forces have killed 30 Palestinians, according to Gaza's health ministry.

His death, along with the other recent casualties, seemed likely to draw renewed criticism from rights groups that have branded Israel's open-fire orders on the border as unlawful, after Israel's defense minister warned that those approaching the fence were risking their lives.

Blaming the protesters "of trying to storm into Israel", the IDF deployed both live fire and tear gas at the protesters, while fire trucks sprayed water at the burning tyres on the other side of the border.

Sources in Gaza have confirmed that journalist Yaser Murtaja has died after being shot in the abdomen by an Israeli sniper while covering the protests. Journalists were targeted despite wearing flak jackets marked with press identification.

Earlier, the army said it fired at the three men after they were spotted, and that they hightailed it back inside the Hamas-run enclave. So far, over 30 Palestinian have been killed and hundreds injured by the Israeli military and police forces.

Palestinians refer to the 1948 expulsion as the Nakba, or "catastrophe".

"As part of its continuous preparation for future events, the IDF is reviewing its actions and implements lessons-learned with regards to various aspects surrounding the violent riots and terror attacks that have been taking place in the area between the Gaza Strip and Israel since March 30th, 2018", the statement said.

At least nine Palestinians were killed by the Israeli troops and about 500 wounded in the second mass protest along the Gaza border on Friday.

"We call on the Israeli government to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 2222 on the protection of journalists (adopted in 2015), demand an urgent independent investigation and the sentencing of the perpetrators of this crime against freedom of the press", said Deloire.

Israel and Egypt have imposed blockades on the Gaza Strip since Hamas took power in 2007, making it increasingly hard for the group to govern.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society has "also warned of a shortage of medical supplies and of personal protective equipment for their 400-person team deployed across Gaza".

Despite worldwide criticism of Israel's violent repression of unarmed protesters, the country's Defence Minister warned the protesters and said it would not change its open fire policy. You can sign up to receive it directly here.

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