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Should the Palestinians retaliate for Friday’s killings by Israel?

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11.02.2019

Israeli occupation snipers killed two Palestinian children and wounded 104 others during the peaceful protests last Friday, the 46th of the Great March of Return protests along the nominal border of the occupied Gaza Strip. Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights reported that 43 children, five women and one paramedic were among the wounded. It added that one of the wounded is in a critical condition after being shot in the head.

During the funeral processions of the two children, Hassan Iyad Shalaby, 13, and Hamza Mohammad Ishtiwi, 17, those who took part called for the Palestinian resistance groups to retaliate for what Al-Mezan called the “lethal force” used by the Israeli occupation forces against the peaceful protesters. The factions responded to the calls of the people, but only verbally.

“What the Israeli occupation forces did on the 46th Friday of the Great March of Return was a war crime and needed an immediate proportionate response,” said Ismail Ridwan, a spokesman for Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement. Meanwhile, senior Islamic Jihad official Khader Habib said that,........

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