Thousands of Palestinians, some burning Israeli flags and torching tires, staged a mass protest on Gaza's sealed border with Israel for a third consecutive on Friday (Saturday NZ Time), as part of a pressure campaign to break a decade-old blockade of their territory. So far dozens of people have been killed by Israeli snipers and hundreds more have been seriously injured.
Conricus told The Associated Press that the army is trying to "minimize" Palestinian casualties, but that open-fire regulations have not changed.
The IDF acknowledged it used live ammunition to disperse the crowds, saying demonstrators burned tires and Israeli flags.
The Stream will examine how the Great Return March fits into a lineage of Palestinian protest and what the prospects are for a broad-based, non-affiliated movement over the long term.
Gaza health officials say 528 Palestinians were hurt Friday, including 122 by Israeli army fire.
On Friday, groups of youths waved Palestinian flags and burnt hundreds of tyres and Israeli flags near the fenced-off border after Friday prayers.
Hamas officials have said in recent days they want this week's protest to see less bloodshed and hope to keep momentum building for May 14, when the United States is expected to move its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "In light of these [Hamas] intentions, the IDF again warns against approaching the security fence: Do not allow Hamas to exploit you to commit attacks because you are the ones who will pay the price".More news: Russian tensions escalate over Syrian chemical attack
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However, the number of protesters - about 10,000 - was significantly lower than the two previous Fridays. The Israeli authorities have stated that numerous fatalities were members of Hamas and other armed groups, and accused the MoH of inflating the number of wounded by live ammunition.
Amjad Abu Jamous, 26, said that, should he manage to get past the main fence, he hoped only to face down an Israeli soldier with his arms outstretched and his fingers in the "victory" sign.
In two weeks, 34 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, including 27 during protests.
Last Sunday, Lieberman said there were "no innocent people" in the Gaza Strip-which is controlled by the militant bourgeois-Islamist group Hamas.
At the entrance, organisers had laid a large Israeli flag on the ground for protesters to step on.
"Israel will continue to defend its borders and its citizens".