Friday, May 4, 2018

Thousands of Palestinian protesters gather along Gaza’s border to continue the Great March of Return for a 6th consecutive Friday. This week’s actions, commencing 3 days after International Workers Day, are dedicated to Palestinian workers. IDF troops violently disperse the demonstrations along the border fence near Khan Yunis, Jabaliya refugee camp, al-Bureij refugee camp, Rafah, and Gaza City; at least 70 Palestinians are injured (3 critically). The IDF later states that its soldiers blocked 2 separate attempts to cut through the border fence. In the West Bank, IDF troops violently disperse Palestinians at Friday protests in Hebron and al-Bireh; there are no serious injuries. They also assault and injure 1 Palestinian during an arrest raid in Hebron, deliver stop-work orders to a Palestinian home under construction near Bethlehem, arrest 1 Palestinian during a raid near Salfit; and patrol near Tulkarm, Qalqilya, and Hebron. Israeli settlers set fire to a swathe of Palestinian farmland near Hebron, causing major damage. (EI, HA, MNA, WAFA 5/4; HA 5/5; WAFA 5/6; PCHR 5/10)