United Nations urges Israel, Hamas to avoid violence on Gaza anniversary

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivers remarks to the AIPAC 2019 conference

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivers remarks to the AIPAC 2019 conference

A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border early Saturday, the territory's health ministry said, hours ahead of planned mass protests.

A United Nations (UN) fact-finding mission found that Israeli forces committed rights violations during their crackdown against the Palestinian protesters in Gaza that may amount to war crimes.

Israel's army said most demonstrators were remaining away from the fence.

Although Hamas canceled its typical Friday protests in preparation for the anniversary, dozens of Palestinians still demonstrated at the Israeli frontier.

The Gaza protesters are calling for the lifting of a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt, and for Palestinians to have the right to return to land from which their families fled or were forced to flee during Israel's founding in 1948.

Hamas, meanwhile, faces growing unrest in Gaza as a result of worsening conditions after more than a decade of Israeli and Egyptian border closures. Al-Shawa was due to get married in two weeks, but an Israeli airstrike on a Gaza City building destroyed his sister's apartment, where he had rented a second floor bedroom and had amassed everything he and his bride needed for the wedding.

Under the Egyptian plan, Israel was to offer economic incentives for Gaza in exchange for calm, according to Palestinian officials.

Days of negotiations have raised hopes that the kind of bloodshed seen in previous mass protests, particularly last May against the transfer of the USA embassy to Jerusalem, can be avoided.

Almost 29,000 Palestinians have been injured in this context, including over 7,000 wounded by live ammunition.

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"We come at night to prove to the occupation that we do not fear your weapons, they should fear us", said one 20-year-old Gazan undergraduate.

His right-wing coalition government launched air strikes and moved armour and reinforcements to the Gaza border this week after a Palestinian rocket attack wounded seven Israelis in a village north of Tel Aviv on Monday.

The tweets were later followed by footage and statistics of the Gaza border protests that have been going on for nearly a year now without pause.

Israel rejects the criticism, saying its troops are defending the border against rioters, and it has no choice but to use lethal force where necessary.

The army also said it caught two young Palestinian children who had tried to cross the border with a knife.

Hamas leaders said on Saturday progress had been made in the Egyptian talks but that they still had a list of demands from Israel.

Moreover, the large number of casualties among unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, including a high percentage of demonstrators injured by live ammunition, has raised concerns about the excessive use of force by Israeli security forces.

At least 62 Palestinians were killed that day by Israeli gunfire and hundreds wounded.

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