As part of today’s massive protests along the Gaza border, hundreds of Palestinians stormed the security fence, destroying part of it. The IDF responded by opening fire, allegedly killing a protester. Some 30 others were injured.

Palestinian protesters (archive)

Palestinian protesters (archive) Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

Thousands of Palestinians gathered on Friday afternoon along the Gaza border in several locations for the fifth consecutive week of the “March of Return” protests. Near the Karni crossing, hundreds of Palestinians stormed the border to damage the security fence, successfully destroying part of it, according to Hadashot news.

The IDF responded by opening fire. Palestinian media outlets claimed that a protester was killed and dozens were injured.

Meanwhile, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein criticized Israel’s response to the violent riots. “The loss of life is deplorable, and the staggering number of injuries caused by live ammunition only confirms the sense that excessive force has been used against demonstrators – not once, not twice, but repeatedly,” Zeid said in a statement on Friday.

“I am doubly concerned by reports of unusually severe injuries resulting from the use of live ammunition,” he continued. “Furthermore, many of those seeking treatment outside of Gaza have been refused permits by Israel to leave, which has increased the suffering.”

“I am extremely concerned that by the end of today — and next Friday, and the Friday after that — more unarmed Palestinians who were alive this morning will have been killed,” Zeid added. “Israel’s failure to consistently prosecute violations committed by members of its security forces, encourages them to use deadly force against their fellow unarmed human beings.”