Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Israel halts fuel deliveries into Gaza amid deadly clashes with Palestinian protesters

Israel halts fuel deliveries into Gaza amid deadly clashes with Palestinian protesters

Seven Palestinians died Friday after being shot by Israeli soldiers along the security fence between Gaza and Israel during violent weekly protests, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Israeli soldiers have killed five Palestinians at a protest near the border fence between Gaza and Israel on Friday, Gaza's health ministry has said.

In Gaza, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians on Friday, including two teenage boys.

Haniyeh said on Saturday that Palestinians will not stop the Great March of Return protests until a decade-long Israeli blockade on Gaza is lifted completely.

Qudra said four Palestinians - Ahmad al-Taweel, 27; Mohamed Ismail, 29; Ahmad Abu Ne'eim, 17; and Abdullah al-Daghma, 25 - were killed east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

In response to the violence, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered deliveries of fuel to the Palestinian enclave be suspended.

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw a rock at Israeli forces along the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza city on October 12, 2018.

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According to the Israeli army, rioters breached the security fence and planted a bomb nearby, setting a section of the barrier alight.

The Israeli army said approximately 14,000 people had gathered at various sites along the border.

Protesters have sent incendiary devices attached to balloons into Israeli territory during demonstrations, which Israel says has caused hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of damage to farmland.

Addressing the unrest, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman chose to cut Qatari fuel shipments into the Gaza Strip in response to the mass protests.

Israel accuses Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests to provide cover for attacks.

The Palestinian leadership has rejected any future cooperation with United Nations special coordinator for Middle East peace Nickolay Mladenov, informing the worldwide body that he is "no longer acceptable" because he has "gone beyond his role" in attempting to broker agreements between Israel and Hamas.

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