The timing of the Gaza protest is no coincidence

Students at Al Azhar Univesity in Gaza protest student tuition fees

Students at Al Azhar Univesity in Gaza protest student tuition fees

Israel rejected calls for an independent probe on Sunday after its soldiers killed 16 Palestinians and wounded hundreds more when a major demonstration led to clashes along the border with the Gaza Strip.

"The border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip separates a sovereign state and a terrorist organization", Israel's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday night.

The army said that its sharpshooters targeted only those taking explicit violent action against Israeli troops or trying to break through or damage the security fence. They were killed during riots in which rocks, firebombs and Molotov cocktails were hurled at Israeli soldiers from a crowd of some 30,000 Gazans attempting to storm the border fence.

"The use of snipers was against specific people who were specific perpetrators of violence", said Lt Col Peter Lerner, an IDF spokesman. His kneecap had been pierced and blood soaked the sheets of the bed where he lay. It seems highly likely that plenty of 16-year-old conservatives and gun owners would find their way to the polls too.

May 14 will also mark 70 years since the creation of Israel, while Palestinians will commemorate what they call the Nakba, or 'catastrophe, ' the following day.

Tens of thousands gathered on Friday to take part in what has been dubbed the "Great March of Return" in which Palestinians demanded that refugees and their descendants be allowed to return to their ancestral homes in Israel.

"As for a commission of inquiry - there won't be one".

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Tamar Zandberg, leader of the dovish opposition party Meretz, posted a video over the weekend calling for an independent inquiry into Friday's violence.

Other UN members have also expressed their concern on the current situation in Gaza, noting that the risk of escalation is very real.

The United States has blocked a draft statement by the United Nations Security Council that called for an investigation into the killing of 17 unarmed Palestinian protesters near the Gaza Strip's eastern border.

He said in a speech: 'The large number of martyrs and people wounded in peaceful popular demonstrations shows that the international community must intervene to provide protection to our Palestinian people'. In the clip he appears to be shot in the back and crumples to the ground.

Medical facilities in the enclave have long suffered a shortage of medical supplies, including anaesthetics, as well as electricity and fuel.

The cancer had been discovered during a checkup as he was preparing to donate a kidney. He studied at a military boarding school and enlisted in the army's elite Shayetet 13 unit, and later transferred to the Paratroops.

"I place full responsibility on the Israeli authorities for the loss of martyrs who have been killed", he said.

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