European Union asks whether Israel used 'proportionate' force in Gaza

At a demonstration point near Gaza City, protesters began burning tires Thursday afternoon, with rock-throwers taking cover behind the thick billowing black smoke.

Eight Palestinians in Gaza were killed by Israeli forces in the month of December alone while protesting Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week.

The Israeli military has said it will not allow anyone to breach the border fence and has beefed up forces in the area, with snipers and other special units.

The carnage "raises serious questions about the proportionate use of force which must be addressed", read the statement.

The UN office noted that Israeli security forces are required by worldwide human rights law to respect the rights to peaceful assembly and expression and to use, to the extent possible, non-violent means to discharge their duties.

Israel says it has no selection, accusing Hamas of attempting to smuggle weapons and supplies that may turn into weapons into the territory. "The circumstances in which journalists were allegedly hit by IDF fire are not familiar to the IDF, and are being looked into".

Palestinians have marched to the fence as part of a six-week protest, dubbed "The Great March of Return", demanding the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.

Israel has said it would prevent a mass border breach at any cost. Since then, Israel and Hamas have fought three wars, whereas makes an attempt at inside Palestinian reconciliation have repeatedly failed, largely due to Hamas' continued refusal to disarm.

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In a visit to Khuzaa camp on Friday, Yahya Sinwar, Hamas' Gaza chief, told the gathered crowd that the "Israeli plan of starvation and siege" had "failed to incite the Palestinian people against the resistance". "They also attempted to carry out terror attacks & hurl of explosive devices & firebombs", the IDF Spokesperson Unit said on Twitter late Friday afternoon.

The journalist, Yasser Murtaja, 30, had been known to use a drone for photos and video, but two journalists who were with him said he had not been using it on Friday.

Only a tiny proportion of Gaza's 2 million residents are granted permission by Israel to leave to travel to other Palestinian areas of the occupied West Bank. Funeral held in Rafah, Gaza on April 07, 2018. Dozens of his close friends and colleagues were sobbing after the coffin was taken out of the morgue.

Yaser Murtaja, a cameraman for Palestinian Ain Media, was wearing a "PRESS" flak jacket as he was shot by an Israeli sniper Friday.

Gaza was the scene of deadly clashes on Friday, prompting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to call on the United Nations, the Arab League and the European Union to take immediate action against the Israeli violence. Hundreds more suffered other injuries, including tear gas inhalation, the officials said.

The Gaza border has been the scene of furious demonstrations over the last two weeks, during which at least 29 Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli fire.

"Israeli forces should exercise maximum restraint and Palestinians should avoid friction at the Gaza fence", he said.

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