Turmoil In Gaza Ensues Chaos



Palestinian demonstrators run from tear gas fired by Israeli security forces during a protest along the border fence, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on August 25, 2021. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

Nizar E. Masri, Staff Writer

On Saturday August 21st, a protesting Gazan shot an Israeli sniper who succumbed to his wounds nine days later. The incident comes 3 months after the Sword of Jerusalem conflict, which arose from Israeli brutality in Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The conflict was the fourth major one between Hamas, Gaza’s sovereign party, and Israel since it withdrew in 2005.

The current round of protests was organized by Hamas a kilometer away from the border; however, control of the crowd was soon lost, and Gazans approached the border wall. Palestinians rallied in thousands to protest the Israeli led blockade and the killing of an unarmed 12-year-old child, the second killing of similar nature this year. Questions arose from the international community about the legality of Israel’s unusually cruel ammunition used against protesters.

 “Doctors Without Borders stated that many of the wounds the organization encountered were located in the lower limbs and characterized by large exit wounds, in some cases as big as a fist.” (972mag.com)

 Israeli forces use the 5.56 caliber “Razor Core” bullet intended for use in assault rifles.

 It claims to offer “higher accuracy and greater stopping power” and “significantly higher lethality.” (Al Jazeera)

An Israeli spokesperson has denied the use of any weapons that violate international law, but evidence is surmounting. Israel is no stranger to using Palestinians to test and refine weapons.

In the 2018 March of Return doctors and medics saw use of these weapons on a massive scale.

 “Half of the more than 500 patients we have admitted in our clinics have injuries where the bullet has literally destroyed tissue after having pulverized the bone,” said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, head of MSF in Palestine. (msf.org)

Protests continue to rage in Gaza, and Palestinians renew rallies nightly in the thousands to call to end the ten-year blockade, which has left Gaza in economic ruin. On the night of September, the 2nd, Israel opened fire on protesters killing one Palestinian and injuring 15. Putting an official end to the uneasy peace achieved via treaty in May.