Palestinians bury Gaza journalist killed by Israeli fire

Cheryl Sanders
April 27, 2018

He was shot dead in a hail of bullets by motorbike-riding attackers as he walked to a Kuala Lumpur mosque for dawn prayers Saturday morning.

"Anyone who truly cares about children in Gaza should insist that Hamas immediately stop using children as cannon fodder in its conflict with Israel", Haley told a UN Security Council meeting.

"Gaza is coming apart as we speak under the pressure of an explosive combination of negative humanitarian, security and political factors", the envoy said at the United Nations meeting, repeating his warning from previous meetings that the situation in the strip is "explosive".

Hamas has identified al-Batch as a commander in its military wing, but said little else about his activities. Many Israeli news sites have reported he was a drone expert. But in a published interview Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel did not do it.

According to a source at Cairo International Airport, al-Batsh's body was flown from Kuala Lumpur to Cairo by a Saudi airliner.

Israel and Hamas, a militant group sworn to Israel's destruction, are bitter enemies that have fought three wars since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.

Ahmed Abu Hussein, 24, died from his wounds on Wednesday at an Israeli hospital, where he had been transferred.

Photos and video from the scene show that he was far from the border and wearing a blue jacket and helmet marked "TV" when he was shot.

Thousands of Gazans protested along the border for the fourth consecutive week, during which four Palestinians were killed and 156 wounded by Israeli live fire, raising the death toll of the Friday's protest to six, and 39 total since protests began a month ago.

Addressing the council, United Nations envoy to the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov urged Israel to "minimize the use of live fire" and stressed that "lethal force should be used only as a last resort".

Israel says it is defending its border and accuses Hamas of using the demonstrations as cover to plan and carry out attacks.

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