Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hamas admits most killed in Gaza violence were its members

Hamas admits most killed in Gaza violence were its members

Palestinian authorities on Wednesday urged United Nations to condemn the killings of the protesters at the Gaza border was war crimes. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner attended the event, where they defended the administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy from Tel Aviv.

"Continued crimes committed by Israel without any global response will lead to a new cycle of violence that will affect the region, Europe and the entire world, stressing that the stability of the Middle East is essential for worldwide stability".

The comments by Salah Bardawil, a political leader in the group, were immediately seized on by Israel's military as it tried to fend off widespread worldwide criticism over the number of people killed by live fire on the border.

A senior Hamas official admitted Wednesday that dozens of rioters killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip were members of the militant group.

However, Sallah al-Bardaweel, member of Hamas politburo told Baladna, a local independent TV social media station based in Gaza, that 50 of the 62 killed on May 14 and May 15 are from Hamas and the 12 others are ordinary people.

Organizers say the wave of border protests is meant in large part to break a decade-old blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt and pressure Israel to ease its restrictions. Protests since then have dwindled. Palestinians seek Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem as a future capital.

No Israeli soldiers were wounded in either case. No one was hurt by the gunfire.

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She collected people's cans to donate money to her church, so she roamed the neighborhood nearly every day. Wednesday's dog attack is still under investigation and no charges for that incident have been filed.

Two more Palestinians were shot dead in scattered border protests Tuesday, bringing the total since late March to more than 100, the Health Ministry said.

Hamas' statement comes at a moment when Israel finds itself largely isolated over its response to the protests.

"We stress to the Zionist enemy and its leaders that the resistance movements whose people are participating in this peaceful movement with all awareness and concern for our people can respond with all force", it said.

Pope Francis said he was "very worried" by escalating violence in the Middle East, with Arab foreign ministers set to hold an "extraordinary" meeting Thursday to discuss the situation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had tallied similar numbers to Hamas', and "won't let those who call for our destruction to breach our borders and to threaten our communities".

Pushing back against foreign censure of its army's actions, Israel has - with Washington's backing - accused Hamas of using civilians as cover for attacks across the frontier fence and to distract from Gaza's internal problems.

"We haven't been able to get that message out of how it is from our side, what we are defending - and the "winning picture" overwhelmingly, by a knockout, unfortunately, have been the graphics from the Palestinian side", Conricus said.

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