Two Palestinians Injured at Friday Gaza Border Protests Die of Wounds

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Palestinian health workers evacuate the wounded in demonstrators along the Israel-Gaza border on May 18, 2018.
Palestinian health workers evacuate the wounded in demonstrators along the Israel-Gaza border on May 18, 2018. Credit: SAID KHATIB/AFP

Two Palestinians who were injured in demonstrations along the Gaza Strip earlier this week died of their wounds Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza City. The deaths of Moin Abed Alhamid Asai, 58, and Mohammed Alian, 20, bring the death toll of the protests against the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and marking Nakba Day to 64.

More than 1,300 demonstrators were injured by live ammunition from the IDF, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. The death of dozens of Palestinians has sparked worldwide criticism of Israel and a diplomatic crisis with Turkey.

Twenty-one Israeli Arabs were arrested Friday at a demonstration protesting the killing of demonstrators in Gaza. Organizers of the protest attended by dozens demonstrated without official permission. One of the activists was the director of the Mossawa Center for the Rights of Arab Citizens in Israel, Ja'afar Farah, who claimed that several activists had been warned before the demonstration that they would not take part in the demonstration.  

At a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that Israel's actions against Palestinians are similar to methods employed by the Nazis in Europe.

"There is no difference at all between the persecution inflicted on the Jews in Europe 75 years ago and the brutality faced by our brothers in Gaza," Erdogan said.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took part in a pro-Palestinian rally in Istanbul yesterday, shouting "Death to Israel." 

Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar told Al- Jazeera television on Thursday that the organization had reached understandings with Egypt that the demonstrations would continue along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, but would not deteriorate into a military confrontation. He praised the "non-violent popular struggle" - a new position on the part of someone who for years led the organization's military wing.

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