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Two Palestinians, one a teen, are killed at 14th Friday protest in Gaza

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Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and hundreds of others were injured during the “Great March of Return” protest alongside the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip on Friday. The dead were a 14-year-old, Yasser Abu al-Najja, and Muhammad Fawzi Muhammad al-Hamaydeh, 24.

Extremist settlers burn Palestinian olive orchards in northern West Bank

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A group of extremist Israeli colonizers burnt, on Friday evening, dozens of dunams of Palestinian olive orchards in Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The attack was said to be committed by fanatics from the illegal Yitzhar colony, and not their first.

A Palestinian disfigured by tear gas canister reflects on change in his life

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“The gruesome photos show a man desperately grasping at his throat for air as smoke pours from his cheek.” A searing report by the National on the disfigurement of Haitham Abu Sabla, whose head was penetrated by a tear gas canister fired by an Israeli sniper on the Gaza border June 8, leaving him severely compromised.

Israeli police arrest Ramadan wakers in Jerusalem

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The AP reports, “The Palestinian men who chant and beat drums to wake up the faithful during Ramadan in Jerusalem’s Old City say they are being unfairly targeted by Israeli police over their early-morning tradition.” The wakers, called “musaharati,” canvass Jerusalem’s Old City at 2 a.m., calling Muslims to rise for the last meal before the Ramadan fast begins.

Israel has shot 29 medics at Gaza border, killing two

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The killing of Razan al-Najjar, 21, a medic, brings the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire since the beginning of the Great Return Match on March 30th to 119, including another medic. More than 13,400 have been injured, including 330 who suffered life-threatening wounds.

Israeli military shot over 500 Palestinians in the head during Gaza protests

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According to the Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip, since the Great Return March protests started on March 30th:
– Israeli soldiers have killed 112 Palestinians, and injured 13,190
– 13 Palestinian children have been killed and 2,096 have been injured
– 502 Palestinians were shot in the head and neck.
– 283 Palestinians were shot in the chest and back.
– 225 Palestinians were shot in the abdomen and pelvis.
– 1,117 Palestinians suffered various cuts and bruises to several parts of their bodies.
– 27 of the wounded Palestinians suffered amputations of their legs, one of his arm, and four others had fingers severed by Israeli fire.

Jewish settlers set fire to Dawabsheh family home for a second time

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On Friday, Jewish settlers set fire to a house belonging to the Dawabsheh family in the village of Duma near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to eyewitness. In July of 2015, settlers torched the Dawabsheh family home in an attack that claimed the lives of Saad and Riham Dawabsheh and their 18-month-old baby Ali.

Israel ‘returns love’ to Trump by naming a square after him in Jerusalem

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Israel is celebrating President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by naming a square in West Jerusalem after him. Jerusalem’s mayor Nir Barkat: “This is the way in which Jerusalem returns love to the president and residents of the United States who stand by the state of Israel.”

Death of 19-year-old Palestinian brings toll at Gaza border to 45

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Anas Shawqi Abu ‘Asser, 19, from Gaza city, was shot in the head on April 27 by an Israeli sniper. He succumbed to the wound six days later, bringing the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers during the Great March of Return protests to 45.

Netanyahu shares ‘fake news’ about Palestinian citizens

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Soccer team accuses Netanyahu of deliberately spreading “abuse and lies” by sharing debunked story about their fans. The story said that fans of the team from a Palestinian town “whistled and booed” during a minute of silence before a match Saturday in memory of ten teenagers killed in a hiking accident.

Israeli snipers shoot another 178 Palestinian protesters, killing three

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The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, April 27, three young Palestinian men, and injured more than 995, including at least 178 who were shot with live fire, in the fifth week of protests for the Great Return March at the Gaza fence.