Palestinian Territories: Funeral Held for Journalist Killed While Covering Gaza Protests

Hundreds attended the funeral of a well-known Palestinian journalist in Gaza on April 7 who died from a gunshot wound he sustained while covering mass protests along the Israeli border the previous day, AP reported. Yasser Murtaja was one of at least nine Palestinians killed April 6 when Israeli troops opened fire from across the border during the second border protest in eight days. The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week. Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since a 2007 takeover and calls for Israel’s destruction, has called for a series of protests until May 15, the anniversary of Israel’s founding.

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