Israeli army denies deliberate murder of Palestinian journalist

The body of Yasser Murtaja, a Palestinian journalist who was fatally shot during protests at the Israeli border on Friday, was carried through the streets of Gaza City on Saturday, April 7, for his funeral.

Violence spiked again on Friday when Israeli forces opened fire as thousands protested along the border, and nine Palestinians, including a journalist, were killed.

"I know the situation is very, very hard", Israeli farmer Daniel Rahamim said about economic hardship in Gaza, the Palestinian enclave ruled by Hamas, an Islamist terror group that advocates Israel's destruction.

There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties.

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders has accused Israel of deliberately shooting journalists covering protests on the Gaza border.

The Israeli army has launched an investigation into the incident, said the army in a statement.

Observers sought an global investigation into the war crimes and said that the use of lethal force by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) against unarmed civilians and those protected under worldwide law is a clear violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. He added that 1,354 people were wounded, including 491 by ammunition and explosives.

On the first day of protests last week, Israeli forces killed 16 Palestinians and injured over 1,000 more with live fire, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas.

Also in Australia, almost 1,000 demonstrators joined a protest rally in Melbourn dubbed "Free Palestine" to censure Israeli regime's brutal violence - including live fire - used against Palestinian protesters in occupied territories in recent days.

About 20,000 Palestinians participated in protests dubbed the "Friday of Tires" along the Israel-Gaza border. "The result was foreseeable deaths and injuries of demonstrators on the other side of a border who posed no imminent threat to life", he said. In 2017, Shai Masot, a political officer at the Israeli embassy, was caught on film offering to help "take down" Alan Duncan MP, a well-known supporter of Palestinian rights.

And the total deaths have risen to at least 31 killed by Israeli fire since last week, according to Palestinian sources.

On 30 March, Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians as tens of thousands of protesters gathered at the Israeli border. No Israelis were injured.

On Saturday, the European Union questioned Israel's "use of force" against the Gazans, calling for "restraint" in the besieged enclave.

Tension has grown across the Palestinian territories since December 6 when U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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