Israel Hits Hamas Targets in Gaza after Border Bomb

Force F-15 fighter jet releases flares during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel

Force F-15 fighter jet releases flares during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel

The army says the machine gun fire was aimed at the planes carrying out the airstrikes but that no aircraft were hit and no there were no injuries. "Son of a bitch!" Reuters reports that 29 people were killed this week alone after Israeli forces were ordered to open fire on thousands of protesters.

Breaking the Silence, an Israeli organisation of former soldiers, wrote on Twitter that the video "compels us to confront the reality of occupation - it is impossible to control millions of people against their will without morally degenerating".

The Palestinian who was shot was suspected of organising a "riot, which included rock hurling and attempts to sabotage the security fence, and lasted about two hours", the statement said. Thus, the current turmoil along Israel's border with Gaza is playing out along predictable lines in the court of public opinion.

There is an ongoing battle to assign blame for the violence on Gaza's border with Israel, the largest and bloodiest demonstrations Gaza has seen in years. "I was yelling to friends near the fence to leave and go back to our homes", he told AFP at his home in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

"In response, the Israel Defense Forces struck a number of Hamas military targets", it added.

The IDF is the most moral army in the world, but there can be no doubt when you are at the front and under a lot of tension and there is a need to unwind your nerves, there are emotions and one can understand it. It says it has no choice but to use live ammunition against violent "rioters". The shooter replies that there is barbed wire from the security fence blocking his shot. He was hit in the leg, the statement said.

On April 6, photojournalist Yaser Murtaja, 30, was shot by Israeli forces while reporting on Palestinian protests at the Gaza-Israel border, Palestinian officials and witnesses said. There have been no Israeli casualties.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the European Union and others have called for an independent investigation into the deaths.

Israel confirmed the strikes, saying they were retaliation for gun fire.

The seemingly conflicting claims by Israeli and US officials about the photographer's identity are raising new questions over a killing that drew worldwide media coverage and calls for an investigation.

The International Criminal Court's prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, warned both Israel and Hamas that each could be committing crimes - as if a terror group using violence to breach a border and a nation defending itself are equivalent.

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