Thousands in Gaza Mourn 7 Killed in Border Protests
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Thousands of Palestinians attended funerals Saturday for seven young men shot dead a day earlier by Israeli troops during fresh demonstrations along the Gaza border, a report said.
Mourners on Saturday chanted slogans condemning Israel for shooting civilians and called on the international community to deliver justice, AFP reported.
The Israeli army said five Palestinians had been killed during the protests Friday after they broke through the heavily-guarded border fence and attacked an army post.
The enclave's health ministry said seven Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire.
On Saturday, the ministry named the victims as: Ahmed al-Taweel, 27, Mohammad Ismail, 29, Ahmad Abu Naim, 17, Abdullah Daghma, 25, Afifi Atta Afifi, 18, Tamer Abu Armaneh, 25 and Mohammad Abbas, 21.
At least 205 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since protests began on March 30.
The majority were killed during border demonstrations, though others have died in airstrikes and tank shelling.
The protesters are demanding to be allowed to return to land now occupied by Israel, from which their families fled or were expelled from during the 1948 war surrounding the creation of the regime.
They are also calling for Israel to end its crippling blockade of the strip.