Palestinian killed in anti-US protests

Amnesty International slams use of excessive force by occupation regime

GAZA: Palestinians launched more anti-US protests on Friday, and at least one demonstrator was killed by the Israeli regime in the Gaza Strip, a health official said.

Smoke billowed from burning tyres at a demonstration in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, two days before Christmas celebrations in the biblical town.

Israeli regime gunfire killed a 24-year-old Palestinian and wounded 10 other protesters during a stone-throwing demonstration in the southern Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Palestinian Health Ministry there said. The Israeli occupation military said it was checking the report.

One of the wounded, part of a crowd that approached the border fence chanting that US President Donald Trump was a “fool” and a “coward”, was dressed as Santa Claus, witnesses said.

Protests erupted in all of the West Bank’s seven cities and in East Jerusalem. Health ministry officials said at least five Palestinians were wounded by rubber-coated steel bullets fired by the Israeli occupation forces, who also used tear gas.

Friday’s death in Gaza raised to nine the number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli regime during the demonstrations, Palestinian health officials said, and dozens have been wounded. Two militants were killed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza after a rocket attack. There have been no Israeli fatalities or injuries.

Amnesty International on Friday called on the Israeli regime to stop using “excessive force”.

“The fact that live ammunition has been used during protests in Gaza and the West Bank is particularly shocking,” it said.

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