Israel Hits Hamas Targets in Gaza after Border Bomb

Representatives from the city of Beijing open an economic mission in Tel Aviv

Representatives from the city of Beijing open an economic mission in Tel Aviv

But although it was widely labelled on social media as footage from these most recent protests, a spokesman for the Israeli Defence Forces said that the video was filmed on Friday December 22nd a year ago in an area adjacent to the Gaza Strip.

Israel has pledged disciplinary action over a soldier's leaked video showing an army sniper targeting a Palestinian across the Gaza border fence to profane praise from an onlooker, but deemed the shooting itself to have been exemplary.

Israeli troops killed at least 15 Palestinians and injured more than 1,400 on Friday, March 30, during demonstrations along Gaza's border and in cities throughout the Palestinian enclave.

The alarms began sounding after midnight between Wednesday and Thursday, sending residents of Gaza border area communities to bomb shelters. Israel has used both tank fire and air strikes against Hamas targets in the past. There were no injuries but light damage was caused to the roof and internal ceiling of the home.

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Tens of thousands of Palestinians have gathered at five main sites along the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on the past two Fridays in what has been dubbed the "Great March of Return". The group is paying $3,000 for the family of a "martyr" who dies in a confrontation with Israeli forces, $500 to protestors who are seriously wounded, and $200 to those who are moderately wounded. No Israelis have been hurt. Thus, the current turmoil along Israel's border with Gaza is playing out along predictable lines in the court of public opinion. Israeli defence minister Avigdor Liberman said the sniper "deserves a medal".

Tamer Abu Daqqa lives in the southern Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military and the Defense Ministry did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday on whether Murtaja was directly targeted. But he said a Palestinian's affiliation to an organization can not be the reason for opening fire, but rather what action the person took that posed a threat, according to the Israeli army's rules of engagement.

"When they shot me I was not throwing stones".

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"The only time you are allowed to shoot live ammunition is when someone poses an immediate threat".

The Palestinians consider the eastern part of Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

A soldier then opens fire on one of the Palestinians, knocking the person to the ground.

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