Did Israel use excessive force at Gaza protests?

Palestinian health officials say more than 100 Palestinians have been killed and 10,000 injured by Israeli troops over the past six weeks at a series of protests along the border between the Gaza Strip and israel.

Sixty died on Monday alone, when 40,000 took part in demonstrations that coincided with the controversial relocation to Jerusalem of the US embassy.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel’s military of carrying out “massacres” of unarmed civilians, but Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted its troops acted in self-defence and blamed the militant group Hamas, which dominates Gaza, for the deaths.

Fierce exchanges over Gaza killings

What has happened at the protests?

Image caption The protesters demanded that Palestinian refugees be given the right of return

Hamas and other groups organised the protest campaign, dubbed the “Great March of Return”, in support of the right of Palestinian refugees to return to land they fled from or were forced to leave in the war which followed Israel’s founding in 1948.

The Israeli government, which has long ruled out any right of return, said terrorists wanted to use the protests as…

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