TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Israeli troops killed four Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others on Friday with live fire and tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza border, medics said.
The Palestinians killed on Friday were three adult men and a 15-year-old boy, Gaza medics said. Of 620 people wounded, 120 were from live fire, they said, according to Reuters.
Friday’s deaths bring the total number of Palestinians killed at the Gaza border to 124 since protests there began on March 30, including 60 people killed in a single day last month.
Israel’s deadly tactics in confronting the protests have drawn international condemnation.
Palestinians say the protests are a popular outpouring of rage against Israel by people demanding the right to return to homes their families fled or were driven from on Israel’s founding 70 years ago.
The Palestinian United Nations envoy condemned the Friday killings and said that representatives of the Arab Group and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation had asked the president of the UN General Assembly to resume an emergency session to discuss a resolution aimed at protecting Palestinian civilians.
The General Assembly meeting was called for 3 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.
The resolution, Ambassador Riyad Mansour said, would be similar to a Kuwaiti-drafted resolution that last week received enough support to pass a vote in the Security Council but was vetoed by the United States.
Mansour said the US veto triggered the request and that Friday’s violence “adds to our argument and to the urgency of providing international protection” to Palestinian civilians.
Among those wounded on Friday were an Agence France-Presse photographer and a 23-year-old man who was on life support after a tear gas canister penetrated his face, medical officials said.
Organizers in Gaza said that the protests will continue in the coming days and weeks. They had tagged this Friday’s demonstrations as the “Friday of al-Quds” to commemorate the 1967 war in which Israel occupied East Jerusalem, with the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The bloodiest day of the protests took place last month as the United States opened its embassy in al-Quds after recognizing the city as the Israeli capital.
Around 2 million people live in Gaza, most of them the stateless descendants of refugees from what is now under Israeli occupation.