Hundreds hurt in Gaza protest, including 80 by Israeli fire

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

According to medics, Israeli troops killed four Palestinians, including a boy, and wounded hundreds of others on Friday with live fire or tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza fence as weeks of deadly clashes with protesters continue.

Israeli security forces have killed over 126 Palestinians since protests began March 30.

Israel, with USA support, has described the protests as a ploy by Hamas to breach its border, and says that its lethal tactics have been necessary to prevent that.

Player Gonzalo Higuain said in an interview with ESPN "I think at the end we were able to do the right thing". "We'll continue hosting global events and won't let this prevent us from showing pride and happiness in our country".

The General Assembly last held a vote on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in December, when it condemned the United States for its decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Many expressed frustration at the global community's perceived indifference to their plight in the coastal enclave, which has been under a stringent Israeli-led and Egypt-enforced blockade since 2007.

However, TyC Sports reporter Martin Arevalo, who is in Barcelona where Argentina are preparing for the World Cup, said his channel had never spoken to Messi. In Gaza, people cheered and in Ramallah in the West Bank, the Palestinian Football Association issued a statement thanking Messi and his colleagues for cancelling the game.

AFA's president Claudio Tapia said today "I hope everyone understands this decision I made as a contribution to world peace". "People and children are dying because we are defending our land", he exclaimed.

"Not that we needed it but it again showed how the management of Argentine football is a huge mafia", said Lorena Quiroga, a 40-year-old small business owner.

Local activists told Ma'an News Agency the Israeli action was "proof of Israel's flounder and fear of Palestinian crowds that would be protesting on Friday".

Three Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border on Friday, the Palestinian enclave's health ministry reported, including a teenage boy.

More than 115 Palestinians have been killed and almost 3,700 wounded during near-weekly protests along the Israeli border, according to Palestinian health officials.

As seen in these pictures by Reuters photographer Ibraheem Abu Mustafa, the 23-year-old staggered back with the gas-spewing canister embedded in his cheek, his shirt bloodied, before collapsing.

Friday's march coincides with "Jerusalem Day", instituted by post-Islamic Revolution Iran as an annual protest against Israeli control over the holy city.

US President Donald Trump's recent transfer of the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem sparked protests in the Gaza Strip in which dozens of Palestinians were killed.

A firefighter attempts to extinguish a fire near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, along the border with the Gaza Strip on June 8, 2018, after it was sparked by a flaming kite flown by Palestinians from across the border. But this is not a peaceful protest.

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