2 Gazans Killed on Border as Monday’s Dead Are Buried

Also on Tuesday, Gaza health officials cast doubt on initial claims that a nine-month-old baby died from Israeli tear gas fired during mass protests on the Gaza border with Israel

The wife and child of Mohammed Dwedar, a 27 year-old Palestinian killed in clashes along the Gaza border, attend his funeral in Nusseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on May 15, 2018
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Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire and 160 were wounded during protests on the Gaza border on Tuesday, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry.

One of the dead was identified as Nasser Aourab, 51. He and another Palestinian were both killed east of Al-Bureij refugee camp. Most of wounded suffered from tear gas inhalation.

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Around 4,000 protesters gathered Tuesday night at six locations along the border fence of the Gaza Strip — as many of the 60 Palestinians killed by the Israel Defense Forces on Monday were buried.

The IDF said that at least 24 out of the 60 were militants – most of them members of Hamas and some of Islamic Jihad.

Gaza’s Health Ministry reported that a total of 2,770 Palestinians had been wounded in clashes with Israel, 1,350 of them from live fire. Of those 50 were in critical condition.

On Tuesday, Palestinians marked Nakba Day, the “catastrophe” of Israel’s creation in 1948. Protesters threw Molotov cocktails and set fire to burning tires in the direction of Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border. The IDF arrested several suspects who tried to infiltrate into Israel.

Meanwhile, some 1,300 protesters at over a dozen sites in the West Bank threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli security forces, who responded with crowd dispersal means.

Twenty Palestinians wounded in the West Bank were evacuated to hospitals in Ramallah, Nablus, Hebron, Beit Jala and Salfit.

One of the Palestinians was severely wounded by live gunfire in Ramallah and another was moderately wounded by rubber bullets, also in Ramallah, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported.

Also on Tuesday, Gaza health officials cast doubt on initial claims that a nine-month-old baby died from Israeli tear gas fired during mass protests on the Gaza border with Israel.

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A doctor said Tuesday that the baby, Layla Ghandour, had a pre-existing medical condition and that he did not believe her death was caused by tear gas. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to disclose medical information to the media.

Layla’s family claimed Tuesday that the baby had ended up in the area of the protest as a result of a mix-up. The Gaza Health Ministry initially counted her among several dozen Palestinians killed Monday.

A Gaza human rights group, Al Mezan, says it is looking into the circumstances of the infant’s death.

In Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas political bureau chief, said that the “March of Return” protests that began last month will continue. 

Haniyeh, speaking at a ceremony in Gaza commemorating the Nakba, said “We say to Israelis: Don’t test our patience; we have a lot more to give and are very determined to continue [marching].”