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The border fence between the besieged Palestinian enclave and Israel has become the backdrop of mass Gaza demonstrations where Israeli occupation forces have used live fire and killed 31 Palestinians, one of which was a journalist, according to Gaza's health ministry.

In a statement, the Israeli army said the attack had targeted a Hamas "military compound" in the northern Gaza Strip in response to alleged attempts by resistance fighters to plant bombs along the border - acts for which it claimed to hold Hamas responsible.

This airstrike was preceded by similar aerial attacks on Abu Jarad military site, which belongs to al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas, in Gaza City.

In February, four soldiers were wounded, two of them seriously, when a Palestinian terrorist group detonated a bomb that was made to look like a flagstaff, which was fixed to the security fence. But Hamas stopped short of claiming him as one of its own, as Hamas has written on banners and posters for others killed on the border during recent protests. The military said the man was a main instigator in the clashes and was shot in the leg and wounded.

In the video that surfaced over the weekend, which appears to be filmed though a set of binoculars, the soldiers can be heard discussing the shot as the sniper takes aim. Israel built a fence along that line and uses lethal violence against Palestinians who approach the structure. An Associated Press headline (4/6/18) said, "Palestinian Protesters Burn Tires, Sending Smoke Billowing at Gaza/Israel Border; Israeli Troops Fire Back Sporadically".

"Whoever flies a drone over [Israeli] forces, over our soldiers - we won't take any chances".

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"Wow. They hit someone in the head", says an off-camera voice. "What a video! Look they're running to evacuate him", he later adds, "What a legendary video".

"After none of these were successful, a single bullet was sacked towards one of the Palestinians who is suspected of organizing and leading this incident, while he was a few meters from the fence".

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the European Union and others have called for an independent investigation into the deaths.

Analysts say the protests are fuelled by growing desperation in Gaza, which has been under a strict Israeli blockade for a decade.

The International Criminal Court's prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, warned both Israel and Hamas that each could be committing crimes - as if a terror group using violence to breach a border and a nation defending itself are equivalent.


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