25-year-old Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained in Gaza protests

25-year-old Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained in Gaza protests

A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, medical sources said, as demonstrations entered their fourth week along the Gaza-Israel border.

Israel holds bodies of Palestinians killed by the IDF while Israeli soldiers, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, were killed by Hamas during Israel's Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and have been held in the Gaza Strip since.

The resolution addresses a number of issues related to the six-week long "March of Return" along the Gaza border which began on 30 March.

Israel dropped leaflets in the Gaza Strip on Friday warning Palestinians not to approach its border fence as the military braced for fresh clashes along the frontier.

It accuses Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip and with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of using the protests as cover to carry out violence.

More than 750,000 Palestinians are packed into the narrow coastal enclave.

The three-page resolution noted that Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by the European Union and, focusing largely on recent violent border riots, said parliament "strongly condemns the continuous tactic of Hamas to use civilians for the objective of shielding terrorist activities".

The resolution concludes that the "EU's main objective is to achieve the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as the capital of both states, with the secure State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security, on the basis of the right of self-determination and full respect for global law". In the early morning hours of Wednesday, east of Khan Yunis, an IDF observation post identified five suspects approaching the border fence, and in response an Israeli tank opened fire.

Kites are now the latest, though they are small and unlikely to cause major damage.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses said Israeli planes threw flyers over eastern Gaza, warning people "not to listen to the incitement of the organizers of the rallies".

Jamal al-Fadi, a professor of political science in Gaza, said weeks of protest had led to new "means of struggle".

Protestors were launching flaming kites loaded with small Molotov cocktails, which can burn land beyond the border. "Every day, we will come here with a new way to resist them", he said, referring to Israel.

"The Palestinian people, frustrated and desperate due to the Israeli siege and (Palestinian) divisions, have had their hope renewed", he said of the demonstrations. One white kite bore the Nazi swastika.

"These crops can cost the enemy millions of shekels", he said.