Israel Threatens ‘Stronger Response’ to Gaza Protests

Palestinian protesters remain in their action despite being fired by tear gas and amid sporadic gunfire.

Jerusalem, MINA – The Israeli military on Saturday threatened a “stronger response” to protests along border with the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reported.

The threat comes one day after 15 Palestinians were martyred and hundreds injured by Israeli gunfire during rallies marking “Land Day”, an annual Palestinian commemoration of the deaths of six Arab citizens of Israel killed by Israeli forces in 1976 during demonstrations over government land confiscations in northern Israel.

“[If] violence drags on along the Gaza border, Israel will expand its reaction to strike the terrorists behind it,” army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said in a statement.

The spokesperson said Israeli troops so far “restricted” its response to the border fence with Gaza, but “will go after militants in other places too” if attacks continue.

On Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an independent and transparent investigation into the deaths along Gaza border.

Friday’s rallies were the start of a six-week protest that culminates on May 15, the day the Palestinians call as “Nakba”, or “Catastrophe”, when Israel was created.

The demonstrators are demanding that Palestinian refugees be allowed the right of return to towns and villages which their families fled from, or were driven out of, when the state of Israel was created in 1948. (T/RS5/RS1)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)