Israel's Use of Live Fire in Gaza Protests Faces Legal Test

Israel's Use of Live Fire in Gaza Protests Faces Legal Test

Over the past month, 39 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,600 wounded in weekly border protests along the Gaza border, prompting human rights groups to ask Israel's Supreme Court on Monday to restrict or ban the use of live ammunition.

"With respect to the two-state solution, the parties will ultimately make the decision about what the right resolution is", he said, adding, "We're certainly open to a two-party solution as a likely outcome".

Israel says it only opens fire when necessary to stop damage to the Gaza fence, infiltrations and attackers. "One suspect was killed and another was apprehended and taken for further questioning", the spokesperson said.

Israel says the protesters are not peaceful and have tossed rocks and explosive devices at troops.

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"They control the lives of the people, deciding who can come and who can go", said Majed Ghayada, 35, one of those at the gate who learned of his security block last fall when his permit request was rejected, without explanation. No Israeli soldiers or civilians have been injured in the nonviolent protests.

The 23rd meeting of the Palestinian National Council convened on Monday evening in the city of Ramallah in the center of the occupied West Bank, in the first regular meeting of the council in 22 years.

Those talks have been stalled for years and Israel has built more settlements in the occupied territories, which it seized during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

The officer spoke on condition of anonymity under military guidelines. Israel, which has come under mounting global criticism for the use of lethal force against unarmed protesters, says it has the right to defend its border and alleges that Hamas uses the protests as cover for attacks.

"Thank God, they (Hamas) finally agreed and this is effective", he said, while urging organizers to keep people away from the border fence because of the high risk of harm. Such rules provide greater leeway for the use of lethal force than those governing law enforcement practices. The nonviolent protests demanding the right for Palestinian refugees to return to their land began on March 30. The last round collapsed, in part because Hamas refused to disarm.