Israel Hits Hamas Targets in Gaza after Border Bomb

Israel Hits Hamas Targets in Gaza after Border Bomb

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The Health Ministry in Gaza says a Palestinian man was shot and killed at a border protest campsite Thursday by Israeli fire. Images from the scene show Murtaja wearing a protective vest clearly marked "PRESS".

The video emerged after Israeli snipers shot hundreds of Palestinian protesters in Gaza, with 30 dead and more than 1,600 injured since March 31.

The video was met with outrage internationally and from Palestinians and Israelis.

Despite the army's statement of disapproval, senior Israeli officials went out of their way to defend the behavior of the soldiers caught on video laughing and cheering.

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"The sniper deserves a medal, and the photographer deserves a demotion", said Israeli Defence Minister Israeli Avigdor Liberman, speaking Tuesday afternoon.

The authorities have rebuffed global calls for an investigation into the killings, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned that his country would "hurt" anyone trying to attack it.

Defense Minister Lieberman "has the tendency to reach conclusions which the [Israeli army] or the Shin Bet are more cautious about", said Yossi Melman, an Israeli intelligence and security affairs reporter for the Israeli paper Maariv. It's also reportedly jailing bus drivers who refuse to take Gazans to the border to protest.

Israel accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover to carry out violence.

The Palestinian seems to be near the fence dividing the Gaza Strip from Israel, but does not appear to pose an immediate threat.

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Israel has declared a no-go zone close to the Gaza border which it has tried to enforce and has displayed video footage in which the frontier fence is seen being cut and breached and says explosives have been planted along it to target its troops. Politicians within the Israeli parliament spoke out against the scenes documented.

"When he stops, you take him down", one soldier said.

"The video depicts a short part of the response to a violent riot, which included rock hurling and attempts to sabotage the security fence", a statement said.

The machine gun fire also set off sirens in southern Israel, the army said.

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