Gaza Clashes: Hamas Payments for Victims Announced Ahead New Violence Wave

Clashes have erupted along the Gaza-israel border where thousands of Palestinians came to protest for the right to return to their previous territories in the Jewish state.

A new round of the six-week-long Palestinian protests in the border area between israel and Gaza Strip has grown violent. The Hamas-backed anti-Israeli standoff, which ended with clashes on March 30, has already left at least 20 Palestinians dead and more than 1,500 wounded as Israeli soldiers opened fire and used tear gas.

$3000 for Death, $500 for Wounds

Ahead of the upcoming demonstration, Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist movement Hamas, which is marked in Israel as a terror group, has revealed information about payouts to the families of those killed or wounded in clashes.

According to their official website, Palestinians critically and moderately wounded in the protests received $500 and $200, respectively. Families of those killed were given $3,000. As the statement reads, the retribution is part of the organization’s “social and national responsibility to strengthen the steadfastness of our people in its struggle for return, freedom and breaking the siege.”

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have reported that violent riots have taken place at the Gaza fence, as protesters threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at them, as well as fired at Israeli soldiers and tried to cross the border.

​Several human rights organizations have claimed that the IDF’s response has…

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