IDF: Gazan armed with ax shot dead while trying to breach fence

Since March 30 Israeli troops have killed at least 120 Palestinians during mass demonstrations along the Gaza border, drawing worldwide condemnation.

An army statement said troops thwarted an "infiltration attempt" by "two terrorists who damaged the security fence and were armed with an axe".

Israel's Channel 2 News said the flying fire bombs have destroyed some 1,000 acres and disrupted daily life in communities near the Gaza Strip.

Last Friday, the volunteer medic with the Gaza health ministry ran to aid a demonstrator, but became the 119th Palestinian killed by Israeli soldiers since the Palestinian protests began on March 30. Militants in Gaza did not fire long-range rockets at Israel's major cities, as they did in 2014, and Israeli airstrikes were focused on unmanned military targets. It also urged the United Nations and other worldwide organizations to "investigate Israeli crimes and to prosecute those responsible and hold them accountable for their crimes".

The IDF, in response, used tear gas and live fire against the demonstrators, reportedly killing a 21-year-old female paramedic, Razan Najjar.

No one was injured in the incident, which came just days after a major escalation of tensions.

Al-Aqsa TV, affiliated with Gaza's ruling party, Hamas, published a video allegedly filmed on Monday showing a group of young men east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, some of them using wire cutters to breach the fence. "As was widely covered in Argentinian media, the match now is being played in order to celebrate the "70th anniversary of the State of Israel", read part of Rajoub's letter.

At least 55 journalists covering ongoing protests on the Gaza Strip have been wounded by Israeli soldiers, the Gaza government said on Sunday.

Last week, residents in Gaza attempted to break a 12-year crippling siege that has trapped more than two million Palestinians since 2006.

Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza on its border.

  • Rogelio Becker