Journalist, Children Shot Dead by Israel: Who Is The Terrorist Now?

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"The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) uses means such as warnings, riot dispersal means, and as a last resort firing live rounds in a precise, measured way", it said Saturday.

She said live fire by Israel forces killed 16 people and reportedly wounded more than 1,000 others, many who were unarmed.

Thousands of Palestinians protested along Gaza's sealed border with Israel on Friday, engulfing the volatile area in black smoke from burning tires to try to block the view of Israeli snipers and cheering a Hamas strongman who pledged that the border fence will eventually fall.

FILE COPY Israeli border police hold a position during clashes with Palestinian protestors near the Qalandia checkpoint in the Israeli occupied West Bank as protests continue following the USA president's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Arab ambassadors are urging the United Nations secretary-general to launch an independent investigation into the killing of 18 Palestinians during a protest march last week against a stifling decade-old Israeli blockade of Gaza. Gaza's 2 million residents obtain just a few hours of electrical energy every day, faucet water is undrinkable and the shoreline has been polluted by tons of untreated sewage. Abu Amra said Murtaja was clearly marked as a journalist and wearing a helmet and protective vest.

Drawing global criticism for its use of live fire, Israel said it is doing what is necessary to stop violent protesters from damaging or breaching its fence with the blockaded enclave. "They also attempted to carry out terror attacks & hurl of explosive devices & firebombs", the IDF Spokesperson Unit said on Twitter late Friday afternoon.

At least nine Palestinians were shot dead in weekend protests along the Gaza border.

The Islamic group hopes the mass protests can create pressure to break a border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt since 2007, without having to succumb to demands that it disarm.

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An Israeli civilian shot a Palestinian man who allegedly pulled out a screwdriver and tried to stab him, according to Israeli police.

The union for journalism called for a huge public participation in the funeral of Murtaja, and after that a protest to be held at 12 pm (09:00GMT) at the Manara Square in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Israel says most of those killed were militants.

Three other journalists sustained tear gas injuries and at least one cameraman a gunshot in his leg, health ministry and media activists reported.

The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem has called on Israeli soldiers to refuse to open fire on unarmed demonstrators.

It also condemned the U.S for vetoing a Security Council resolution for the second time and noted that Washington has covered up massacres of Palestinians by Israeli forces.

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".