Reporters Without Borders slams Israel for deliberate shooting of journalists in Gaza


The Palestinians were brutally suppressed as they were protesting along the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip, as part of the Great March of Return movement.

But rights groups have harshly criticised Israeli soldiers' actions, and Palestinians say protesters are being shot while posing no threat to troops.

In Khan Younis, also in Gaza's south, Usama Khamis Musallam Qudeih, 29, died after he was shot in the head by soldiers.

Yaser Murtaja, a cameraman for Palestinian Ain Media, was wearing a "PRESS" flak jacket as he was shot by an Israeli sniper Friday.

During the latest protest, at least 9 Palestinians were killed, and 1,070 others were injured during clashes with Israeli forces, and at least 5 are in serious condition.

"I would be happy if we could live in peace, but they don't want to sit and talk with us."
Friday's protest, however, was smaller in scale than that of last week, which was estimated to bring together about 30,000 Palestinians. Almost 500 were injured by live fire, the Gaza health ministry stated.

It is reported that the Palestinian press association denounced the murder of Murtaja, and announced plans to contact the International Court of Justice in The Hague regarding the matter.

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The riots on the Gaza border, which have drawn tens of thousands of protesters, have featured mass-marches to the Israeli border and attempts to scale the security fence and flood into Israeli territory.

"This is despite Israeli authorities having set a 300-meter limit for approaching the fence, according to news reports".

A Palestinian man has succumbed to wounds he sustained due to Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank last week, according to his brother.

The hundreds of injuries over the past two Fridays of protest have further strained Gaza's already embattled health system.

Hospitals in Gaza have declared a state of emergency due to a severe shortage of supplies.

Mourners and journalists carried Murtaja's body through the streets of Gaza during his funeral on Saturday.

"The march is organized by refugees, doctors, lawyers, university students, Palestinian intellectuals, academics, civil society organizations and Palestinian families", Asad Abu Sharekh, the spokesperson of the march, told Al Jazeera.