[News] Second Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in Gaza protests on 'Friday of Tires

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Fri Apr 6 10:08:01 EDT 2018

  Second Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in Gaza protests on
  'Friday of Tires'

April 6, 2018 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780012
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) --

A second Palestinian protester was shot and killed by Israeli forces 
along the Gaza border, the Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed 
around 4:30 p.m.The slain Palestinian was identified as Majdi Ramadan 
Shabat. He was killed in demonstrations taking place east of Gaza City, 
in the northern coastal enclave.

Meanwhile, the ministry reported that over 250 protesters had been 
injured from across the Gaza Strip, as Israeli planes dropped tear gas 
on protesters. Shabat’s death brought the death toll in Gaza to 23 since 
massive demonstrations began on Friday March 30.

Earlier on Friday <http://maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780011> a 
Palestinian identified as Thaer Rabia from the northern Gaza Strip town 
of Jabaliya, succumbed to wounds sustained during Friday protests one 
week ago.

Around 3:30 p.m., the ministry reported that Usama Khamis Qudeih, 39, 
was killed in protests east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. 
Friday’s protests marked one week since the beginning of the "Great 
March of Return, <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779985>" a 
weeks-long protests in which almost 1.3 million of Gaza’s 2 million 
inhabitants who are refugees are demanding their right to return to 
their original homelands.

The six-week protest is set to end on May 15th, the 70th anniversary of 
the Palestinian Nakba, or “catastrophe,” when the state of Israel was 
created, leaving some 750,000 Palestinians and millions of their 
descendants as refugees.

Palestinians have nicknamed this Friday's demonstration "Jum'at 
al-Kawshook", which translates to "Friday of Tires", as protesters set 
fire to thousands of tires along the border, creating huge clouds of 
black smoke in order to confuse Israeli snipers and prevent them from 
targeting protesters with live ammunition.

Some have also called Friday’s protest “Black Friday.”On the first day 
of protests last week, Israeli forces killed 16 Palestinians and injured 
over 1,000 more with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas.

Despite widespread outcry from international rights groups who have 
condemned <https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=780006> Israel’s 
excessive use of forces against the civilian protesters, Israeli has 
maintained its open-fire rules for the Gaza border.
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