“No innocent people” in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip: Israel defence minister

Vastavam web: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said today there were “no innocent people” in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip after 10 days of protests and clashes left 30 Palestinians dead.”There are no innocent people in the Gaza Strip,” Lieberman told Israel’s public radio.”Everyone’s connected to Hamas, everyone gets a salary from Hamas, and all the activists trying to challenge us and breach the border are Hamas military wing activists.” Violence spiked again on Friday, when clashes erupted as thousands protested along the border, and nine Palestinians, including a journalist, were killed.

On March 30, Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians as a protest by tens of thousands led to clashes.Israel says it has only opened fire when necessary to stop damage to the border fence, infiltrations and attempted attacks.It alleges Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip and with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, is seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence.But rights groups have harshly criticised Israeli soldiers actions, and Palestinians say protesters are being shot while posing no threat to troops.