U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the European Union's top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, have called for an independent investigation into Friday's bloodshed.

On Friday, the USA blocked a UN Security Council statement that reaffirmed "the right to peaceful protest" and called for an "independent and transparent investigation" into the Israeli violence. In response to Hamas rule, Israel and Egypt enforced a crippling blockade of Gaza's borders. Amateur video has emerged showing one Palestinian being fatally shot from behind while carrying a tyre as he ran away from the border area.

Israel's defense minister rejected calls for an inquiry into the killing of 15 Palestinians by the military during a Palestinian demonstration that turned violent on Friday at the Gaza-Israel border.


"Whoever didn't get close to the fence was not shot", he said. It also accuses Hamas of trying to use protests as a cover for planting explosives and staging attacks. Palestinians said the IDF opened fire on protesters who did not pose a threat, while human rights groups questioned Israel's use of live fire.

In the case of the man with the tire, the army said the video told only part of the story, and said he was a Hamas militant who had been involved in violence just moments before he was shot. "On Friday we stopped at the border but next time we do not know where the border will be". Witnesses said stones were thrown at the soldiers. Local hospital records indicate Abu Shanab was shot in the leg.

He urged the parliaments of the Islamic and non-Islamic states in the world to defend the legitimate rights of the Palestinians and stop the provocative policies of the Zionists through adopting some appropriate mechanisms and condemning them.


"An army can use reasonable force to defend a border", said Omar Shakir of the global group Human Rights Watch.

Palestinian relatives of 29-year-old Fares al-Reqeb, who died Monday of his injuries, react while mourners carry his body out of the family house during his funeral in the town of Khan Younis, April 2.

At least 15 Gazans were martyred and hundreds injured when Israeli forces opened fire on the annual Palestinian commemoration of the deaths of six Arab Israeli citizens killed by Israeli forces in 1976, during demonstrations against government land confiscations in northern Israel.


"The Israeli army used unbridled violence, unleashing more than 100 snipers and firing live ammunition, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets against the protesters before the very eyes of the entire worldwide community", Ashrawi said in a statement on Saturday. Health Ministry ambulances also evacuated some of the wounded to hospitals.

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