Palestinians celebrate as Israel denied chance to host Messi

Pauline Gross
June 10, 2018

Demonstrators began burning tyres and flying kites over the border with the aim of setting fire to farmland inside Israel.

Medics reported over 386 people were injured when Israeli troops fired tear gas and live ammunition into the protesters as tensions continue to rise.

"Western countries, particularly Americans and Zionists, have been trying for years to use threats against the Islamic Republic of Iran as a means to impose their will on the Iranian people, but they basically are not able to carry out their threats against the Iranian people, and the main reason for their inability is the might of [the] nation and armed forces to respond to any possible aggression", Jawani claimed. More than 120 Palestinians have been killed so far.

Israeli troops fired live rounds and tear gas as thousands of Palestinians protested near the Gaza border fence Friday, and at least four demonstrators were killed, including a teenage boy, with over 600 wounded, Gaza health officials said.

At the same time, Israel has faced fierce criticism over its use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters on the Gaza Strip border with the Jewish state.

Haniyyah highlighted the peaceful nature of the protests.

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"It's unfortunate the soccer knights of Argentina did not withstand the pressure of the Israeli-hating inciters, whose only goal is to harm our basic right to self-defence and bring about the destruction of Israel", said Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Israel's use of potentially lethal force against the protesters has drawn worldwide criticism.

"Moments ago, the IDF identified a group of Palestinians preparing balloons with explosive devices attached to them to be sent into Israel in order to ignite fires and cause extensive damage to Israeli territory". International Jerusalem Day also happens to fall this year during the 51st anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war, also known to Palestinians as the Naksa, or "Setback". Two-thirds of Gaza's 2 million residents are descendants of refugees. Rights groups have said Israel's open-fire rules are unlawful. Both have received political and financial support from Iran, but they also pursue their own agendas. Growing despair in Gaza over blockade-linked hardships, including daily hours-long power cuts and rising poverty, have driven turnout.

On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for the Muslim masses to take to the streets and protest the "tyrants" in honor of Quds Day.

As part of the campaign Mohammed published a video on May 15 pleading to the Argentine team and its captain Lionel Messi "to stand in solidarity with Palestinians and boycott the scheduled game with Israel". -AFP Palestinians gather to perform the last Friday prayers of Ramazan at the Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem.

Thousands of protesters assembled on the streets of Tehran to hear their leaders trash Israel, the USA, and their allies across the globe, with many chanting "Death to America" while burning the United States flag.

Other reports by GizPress

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