Published: 2018-04-01 12:32
Last Updated: 2018-04-01 13:29
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) official account on Twitter posted a tweet claiming responsibility for using live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian civilians in Gaza on Friday.
The tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted, however, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel (Adalah) published a screenshot of the tweet, attributing it to the Israeli human rights group, B'Tselem.
“Yesterday, we saw 30,000 people; we arrived prepared and with precise reinforcements. Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed”.
On Friday, more than a dozen Palestinian civilians were killed in Gaza and around 1,087 were injured, including hundreds of children and women, who took part in a protest near the Strip’s border fence.
The “Great Return March,” which commemorated Land Day, was organized as a peaceful demonstration by Palestinian factions in protest of US President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Human rights centres Al Mezan and Adalah demanded an immediate criminal investigation into Friday’s incident.
In an urgent session held by the UN Security Council on Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an independent and transparent investigation into the clashes that took place that day. However, the session failed to end with a joint statement or agreement.