Palestinian killed, more than 100 wounded in 7th week of Gaza protests

Mahmud Hams—AFP

Mahmud Hams—AFP

Days after President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, tensions in the Middle East have spiked sharply, raising concerns that the pending US Embassy move to Jerusalem will further ratchet up conflict with unpredictable outcomes for the Middle East, according to a CNN report.

It said thousands of Jordanians took part in protest marches in support of Jerusalem and the Palestinian people.

Earlier this week, Hamas's leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar said he hoped that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians would breach the border fence from Gaza into Israel during next week's protests.

Auckland Peace Action is holding a public "Wall of Noise" protest at the 70th Israeli Independence Day on Sunday, 13 May from 1:30pm (meeting at ANZ Viaduct Events Centre).

Hundreds of guests will attend the opening event, including the USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman; the daughter and son-in-law of the president, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin; and Jason Greenblatt, the United States special representative for global negotiations.

A Palestinian was killed and 176 were wounded by Israeli army fire Friday as thousands of Gaza residents protested near their sealed border - part of a weeks-long campaign to end a decade-old blockade of the territory.

The protests are scheduled to peak on May 15, the day the Palestinians call as the Nakba Day.

Pro-Israel protesters with Israeli flags held a counter-protest near the Israeli embassy, located in South Kensington.

At least one demonstrator was martyred and at least 731 others injured - including ten in critical condition - by Israeli troops stationed on the other side of the border, according to Palestinian officials.

In December 2017, Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

An Islamist terror group which seeks to destroy Israel, Hamas violently took control of Gaza from Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah in 2007, two years after Israel withdrew its military and civilian presence from the Strip. From there, smaller groups moved closer to the border fence.

Palestinian medics evacuate a wounded youth during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, May 11, 2018.

Israeli soldiers fired live rounds and volleys of tear gas.

The army said its recommendation to shutter the crossing, which ordinarily sees hundreds of goods-bearing trucks pass into Gaza each day, was approved by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. Helping reinforce the Israeli blockade, Egypt has kept the Rafah crossing point, Gaza's main gate to the outside world, closed most of the time since the Hamas takeover. Palestinian refugees and their descendants now number several million people in the region, including more than two million in Jordan.

Meanwhile in the West Bank, Israel's military said an assailant rammed his vehicle into a soldier, causing light injuries.

It says in a statement that forces are searching for the driver who fled the scene.

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