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The death toll from last Friday’s bloodbath and aftermath stands at 22 – an Israeli atrocity against defenseless Gazans, protesting for their long-denied rights.
Will numbers killed and wounded on April 6 match or exceed week-ago horrors? What happened last Friday amounts to cold-blooded murder and rampaging by a vicious rogue state, the world community failing to hold it accountable for high crimes too grievous to ignore.
Days earlier, Israeli military intelligence-connected DebkaFILE (DF) said Israeli forces deployed along the Gaza border “were instructed…to remove the gloves and take (preemptive) action…”
Netanyahu, defense minister Lieberman and IDF chief Eisenkot set the policy – falsely blaming Hamas for Israeli aggression.
According to DF,
“(t)he IDF was…instructed to adopt new (harsher) tactics,” their “exact nature” unclear until they unfold.
DF lied claiming orders given “deviate sharply from the defensive posture adopted (last) Friday and Saturday…”
Israel initiated violence, not Gazans. How much more aggressive Israeli soldiers will be remains to be seen.
DF and Israeli officials turned truth on its head, accusing Gazans of assaulting the border area. Despite demonstrating 300 or more meters away, soldiers used lethal force against them – PREEMPTIVELY!
Early Friday morning, Israel deployed snipers and tanks along the Gaza border, drones likely to be used during the day like a week ago.
Thousands of Palestinians are massing hundreds of meters from the separation fence. Israeli attacks using tear gas began early in the day – followed by live fire, injuring several Gazans so far, including journalists covering what’s going on.
Trump’s Ziofascist Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt (image on the right) disgraced himself, turning truth on its head, saying:
“We condemn leaders and protestors who call for violence or who send protestors – including children – to the fence, knowing that they may be injured or killed.”
Blaming victims is longstanding US and Israeli policy.
According to the Israeli Wallah news site, soldiers deployed along Gaza’s border were ordered to use live fire on Palestinians up to 300 meters from the separation fence.
Reports indicate Gazans collected thousands of tires, intending to burn them along the border to obscure the vision of IDF snipers.
Another bloodbath may unfold throughout Friday. An IDF statement said “shoot to kill orders” remain unchanged, soldiers ordered to use live fire on any Palestinians “approach(ing) the border fence.”
According to Gaza’s Interior Ministry, Palestinians were told to remain committed to nonviolent protests. They’re advised to keep their faces hidden and avoid using smart phone Israel can easily monitor.
Gazan medical facilities, doctors and other personnel are braced for another possible bloody Friday.
Stephen Lendman is a Research Associate of the CRG, Correspondent of Global Research based in Chicago.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”