Israeli forces using excessive force against Palestinians

After last week's deadly violence near the Gaza fence and with fresh protests planned at the Gaza-Israel border tomorrow, the United Nations has urged all parties to refrain from any act that could lead to further violence or place civilians - especially children - in harm's way.

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.

Nine Palestinians were shot and killed by Israeli forces and at least 1,060 were wounded according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza.

But rights groups have harshly criticised Israeli soldiers' actions, and Palestinians say protesters are being shot while posing no threat to troops.

The Israeli military on Sunday said it located two improvised explosive devices next to the Gaza-Israel border, which it said were planted by three militants seen penetrating the perimeter fence earlier in the day.

The number of protesters on Friday was larger than in recent days, but lower than it was last Friday. It has also devastated Gaza's economy, made it virtually impossible for people to enter and exit the territory, and left residents with just a few hours of electricity a day.

Drawing some global criticism for its use of live fire, Israel said it is doing what is necessary to stop violent protesters from damaging or breaching its fence with the coastal enclave. He said it will encourage Israel to continue with its onslaught against the civilian population in Gaza.

A Palestinian journalist shot by Israeli forces during a mass demonstration along the Gaza border has died of his wounds. But they stopped short of specifically threatening a mass breach of the border fence.

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The Gaza Strip is but one of the focal points in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Its main message is to call for the right of return for Palestinian refugees who were driven from their homes in the territories taken over by Israel during the 1948 war, known to Arabs as the Nakba.

Mourners and journalists carry the body of Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City on April 7, 2018.

Israel said there were also attempts to break through the barrier.

Hundreds of protesters suffered other injuries, including tear gas inhalation.

Hamas has released photos that purport to show Israeli soldiers on the border within sniper range, sending the message that if it wanted to kill Israeli soldiers, it could.

17 Palestinians are reported to have been killed during last week's border demonstrations. They were wounded after the Israeli forces fired at them who had gathered near the Israeli border in the besieged Gaza Strip.

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