Israeli Hits Military Facility in Southern Gaza

"This strike was conducted in response to the projectiles which were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel last night", the IDF said on Twitter.

Kuwait presented its draft two weeks ago, initially calling for an global protection mission for the Palestinians as protests turned violent on the Israeli-Gaza border.

"A few minutes ago, Israeli Air Force fighters hit 10 terrorist targets operated by Hamas at three military camps in the Gaza Strip", the document says.

The strikes came days into a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. Israel responded with 60 airstrikes.

Gazan medical officials said at least 100 Palestinians were wounded by army gunfire during Friday's mass demonstrations. Any time Hamas or the smaller Islamic Jihad group resorts to firing rockets, they risk triggering a fierce Israeli response, especially if there are serious casualties on the Israeli side.

Israel has contended its military is acting lawfully to stop the protesters from breaching the fence, and has rejected accusations that soldiers have used deadly force needlessly.

A senior medical official in Gaza has urged the global community "not to stay silent" and do more to protect civilians protesting at the border fence with Israel.

The Israeli army alleged that Sabarneh, who worked in construction in the area, attempted to run soldiers over with a bulldozer.

The Israeli military on Saturday said that it would investigate the death but said its troops worked "in accordance with standard operating procedures".

Tensions escalated hours after thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of a young female volunteer medic shot dead by Israeli snipers on the border in southern Gaza on Friday.

Thousands of Palestinians attended Najjar's funeral in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis on Saturday. Interviewed by Reuters interview in April, she said she would see the border protests through until their end.

On May 14, when the protests peaked over the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, a 14-year-old girl, Wessal Sheikh Khalil, was the first female protesters to be shot dead.

The Palestinians and human rights groups have accused Israeli forces of using excessive force on some occasions, and of killing Palestinians who did not pose an imminent threat.

Speaking at Najjar's funeral, Khaled Al-Batsh, one of the protest organizers, called on Gazans to "continue the return marches and break the (Israeli) siege with peaceful tools".

Al-Najjar had been working as a paramedic during the protests. Hers was the only fatality registered on Friday.

Nevertheless, one person in Sderot was injured by flying shrapnel that landed in the city after the interception; residents in the Gaza Belt region have only a 15-second window in which to reach a safe space before a rocket or mortar lands in the vicinity.

Since March, protesters have been demanding the right for Palestinian refugees to return to Israel after they left or were forced to leave after Israel was created in 1948.

  • Rogelio Becker