GAZA CITY – Another day before the protests, the death toll for soldiers killed by Israeli forces at the Gaza border fence rose to 59 on Tuesday after a child died of tear gas poisoning overnight according to local health officials Officer.
The protests on Monday have seen a level of bloodshed that has not been seen since the fierce days of the war with Israel in 2014. The residents could bury the dead and prepare for the anniversary of the founding of Israel. Nakba or Disaster.
More than two-thirds of Gaza's population comes from refugees displaced 70 years ago at the time of Israel's creation.
The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza during the six-week demonstrations More than doubled, the same day a new US embassy was opened in Jerusalem.
The protests against the Nakba on Tuesday are likely to be much lower after the Organizing Committee calls for a day of mourning
According to the Palestinian health, more than 2,700 people were injured Ministry in Gaza, including 1
The United Nations said that "those responsible for outrageous human rights abuses must be held accountable" Rights Watch described the killings as a "bloodbath". Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned a continuing "massacre" of the Palestinian people. Turkey and South Africa announced that they would recall their ambassadors from Israel.
The Trump administration, however, accused Hamas of losing their lives. "The responsibility for these tragic deaths lies directly with Hamas," said Press Secretary Raj Shah, White House Press Secretary, at a press conference. "Israel has the right to defend itself."
Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in the morning at the edges of closed off and blocked territory. Many came peacefully to the demonstration, brought their children and carried flags. Food stands sold snacks and music blared.
But the protests seemed to have a brutal advantage over the previous weeks. Some young men brought knives and fences. At a gathering point east of Gaza City, the organizers urged the demonstrators over the loudspeakers to jump through the fence and tell them that Israeli soldiers are fleeing their positions, even though they are reinforcing them.
The mother of eight-month-old Palestinian infant Laila al-Ghandour, who came to Jerusalem after inhaling tear gas during a protest against the US Embassy on the Israeli-Gaza border, mourns her funeral in Gaza City May 15th. 2018. (Mohammed Salem / Reuters)
The Israeli snipers were determined not to allow a break, and soon Palestinian ambulances started shouting when shots were heard. However, no Israeli soldiers were injured and Israel was convicted of excessive use of force.
The violence was in stark contrast to the opening ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, which attracted its first daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Trump's advisor Jared Kushner
In Gaza, Hamas supported the demonstrations, "It's Human." made a protest against the loss of Palestinian homes and villages when Israel was founded in 1948.
At the main Shifaa Hospital in Gaza City, doctors said they were overwhelmed.
"I do not know how we'll do it," said Ayman al-Sahbani, head of the emergency department, as families pressed to see injured relatives. How long can this go on? How long? "
" We have now reached the critical point, "he said. "Many people need surgery soon, but the operating room is full."
Growing economic hardship has fueled frustration in Gaza, along with the growing despair in the Palestinian territories amid the efforts of a US government wholeheartedly seen on the Israeli side for decades of conflict.
At least 110 Gaza Strip residents have been killed in the past six weeks.
In the demonstrations east of Gaza City, some said Israel's forces would only lead to further unrest.
Nirma Attalah, 29, was standing a few hundred yards from the fence and said her 22-year-old brother had been killed two weeks ago. "My brother was shot in the head at this location," she said. She had come with her entire extended family on Monday. "We are here for Jerusalem, for Palestinian land," she said.
Drones throw out canisters of tear gas and send crowds to flee. Other drones dropped leaflets calling for the demonstrators to stay away from the fence.
While some said they made official calls to keep the demonstrations peaceful, others spoke of their enthusiasm for invading Israel and causing chaos.
The military brought two additional brigades to the Gaza border to prepare for the demonstrations and added additional "lines of defense" to prevent a mass invasion into Israeli communities near the border.
The military said at least 40,000 people had protested at 13 locations along the fence – more than twice as many places as in previous weeks of protest.
"Particularly violent riots" took place near the southern Czech city of Rafah, where three people were killed after trying to build an explosive, the military added. The military also said it would "forcefully crack down on any terrorist activity" and launch an air raid on Hamas military posts in northern Gaza after Israeli forces fired.
At demonstrations near the Bureij camp in central Gaza, Ahmed Loulou, 22, released a group of balloons with a Palestinian flag. He wrote, "We're coming back, this is our country."
The vast majority of the demonstrators were unarmed, but near a parking lot, a man pulled out an AK-47 and aimed an Israeli drone that dropped leaflets , He blew a stream of bullets into the air and brought him down. Later, more gunfire was heard as Palestinian factions argued about who would keep the downed drone, observers said.
When the death toll increased to about 50, loudspeakers called for demonstrators to leave the border area. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was called to Cairo on Sunday evening to convince the militant group to crush the demonstrations. No agreement was reached, Hamas spokesman Taher al-Nounou said when he participated in the protests. "They have understood our points, and our people today show solidarity with Jerusalem and show their anger with the US government."
The demonstrations proved to be a welcome distraction for Hamas, focusing anger against Israel as frustration against the group in Gaza.
At a press conference on the evening of the evening, senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayaa said the protests would continue.
"This blood will continue to boil until the crew disappears forever," he said.