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Over 30 Palestinian protesters have been shot dead after approaching the Israeli fence.

"It is time for the Israeli authorities to stop fabricating lies to justify murder and it is time to stop targeting Palestinian journalists".

On Friday, Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja was fatally shot in Gaza where he was covering the confrontation between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). Spokesman Hazem Qasem dismissed Lieberman's claims.

In some instances, Israel has not specified what actions the Palestinians took that led Israeli forces to kill them.

Smoke rises following what Gaza police said was an Israeli air strike on February 27, 2017.

"In response, the Israel Defense Forces struck a number of Hamas military targets", it added. "I was yelling to friends near the fence to leave and go back to our homes", he told AFP at his home in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

It accuses Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip and with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the protests to carry out violence. "The army is doing exactly the opposite", said Yael Stein of B'Tselem, a liberal Israeli group documenting rights abuses against Palestinians.

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"Today, I called the Ambassadors of the five Permanent Members of the Security Council to reiterate my deep concern about the risks of the current impasse and stressed the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control", the United Nations chief said.

Two Israeli right-wing ministers on Tuesday defended soldiers after a video appearing to show them shoot a Palestinian and rejoice in it spread widely on social media and news sites.

Israel's military said an initial inquiry found the shooting happened on 22 December - and is now investigating not the shooting, but how the footage was leaked.

"The military said that the cheering heard in the video "[does] not suit the degree of restraint expected of IDF soldiers and will be dealt by commanders accordingly".

The Israeli establishment refuses an investigation and believes that the soldiers acted correctly, but one must ask, how is shooting civilians acceptable?

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