At least two youth were killed in clashes with the Israeli military when tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered at the Israeli border to celebrate a year of protest.
The Great March of Return was honored at the last demonstrations and began on March 30, 2018. Almost 40,000 Palestinians marched to the border during the anniversary in heavy rain. Protesters want to end an years-long blockade of the Gaza Strip and the return of refugees in Gaza to their ancestral homes in Israel.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) increased the number of demonstrators to around 40,000 According to the BBC, explosive devices, stones and burned tires were thrown over a wall in the direction of the Israeli military.
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The IDF responded with "riot attempts," including live ammunition.
The teenagers, both 17, were killed and dozens of demonstrators were injured, a Palestinian health official and the Daily Beast were reported. They said that another man had been shot dead by Israeli troops near the border fence overnight.
From March to December last year, 189 Palestinians and one Israeli died during the protests, including 35 children, three paramedics and two journalists UN Human Rights Council. During this time 6106 Palestinians were injured.
"The Commission has legitimate reason to believe that Israeli soldiers committed violations of international human rights and international law during the Great March of Return. Some of these violations can be war crimes or crimes against humanity and must be investigated immediately by Israel, "said Santiago Canton, chairman of the Human Rights Council's Investigation Commission.
A UN investigation found that Israeli snipers had shot down children, medical professionals and journalists during the protests.
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"There can be no reason to kill and injure journalists, doctors and persons who have no immediate threat of death or aggravate bodily injury to the surrounding people. Particularly worrying is the focus on children and people with disabilities, "said Commissioner Sara Hossain. "Many young people have changed forever. 122 people were amputated since March 30 last year. Twenty of these amputees are children. "Israel has denied the allegations.
The protests followed a week in which Palestinians launched rockets into Israel and set fire to the Israeli military with bomb attacks on Gaza-Gaza Gaza talent.
Hamas Die The Islamist group known in the Gaza Strip told the BBC that it would try to keep the protests peaceful and at a safe distance on Saturday, as Egyptian and UN mediators are trying to prevent escalation.