Palestinian shot dead at Gaza border

What Israel Means to Me: Eti Lazarian

What Israel Means to Me: Eti Lazarian

Over the weekend, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman suggested Murtaja had endangered himself by flying a drone above soldiers at the border.

The Israeli army has shot dead 32 Palestinian protesters since border clashes intensified on March 30, drawing global condemnation. There were no injuries or deaths reported.

It accuses Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip and with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the protests to carry out violence.

As worldwide calls mount to investigate the violence, Israel has named several of those killed as being affiliated with Hamas' military wing. Serraj, Murtaja's colleague and co-founder of local media production company Ain Media, said Yaser Murtaja was a professional photojournalist who had worked with global media outlets, and that their company only bought its drone in 2015 - and did not have it back in 2011, as the defense minister appeared to suggest.

The official said the grant was for technical assistance and equipment, such as computers.

It said the grant was vetted according to strict USA government requirements of USAID-funded assistance.

Israeli soldiers have shot dead a Palestinian man during clashes at the fence along the besieged Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime forces launched a bloody crackdown on an anti-occupation protest in the Palestinian enclave.


"He spreads lies to get himself out of the impasse", he said. One of the organization's leaders, Ismail Haniyeh, attended Murtaja's funeral. But no gunmen were visible at the ceremony, as is common when members of militant groups are buried.

The rallies are part of a six-week demonstration that will culminate on May 15, which will mark the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment - an event Palestinians refer to as the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe".

A security source said he was one of a number of Hamas fighters manning an observation point east of Gaza City when it was struck. Officials said that it was the activity of the bulldozer that set off the bomb, which had been planted at the border fence by Gaza terrorists. It says it has no choice but to use live ammunition against violent "rioters".

It was also not clear what the engineering unit was working on, though Israel routinely carries out maintenance work on the border fence.

Israeli soldiers shot him during demonstrations near the Gaza border last week.

Other soldiers are heard cursing the man and then cheering when he falls.

It condemned the filming of the incident and the statements the soldiers made.

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