CMEP Bulletin: Israel Launches Probes into Deadly Gaza Crackdown

CMEP_logo.jpgWhite House Demands Hamas Relinquish Control of Gaza [The Times of Israel]
The Times of Israel reports, “The White House on Wednesday called on Hamas, the terror group that rules Gaza and has been galvanizing weekly violent protests there, to cede control of the coastal territory to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority. The Israel Defense Forces has so far killed 30 Palestinians in border clashes over the past two weeks, according to the Hamas-run Gazan health ministry. … In a series of tweets, US President Donald Trump’s special Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, decried Hamas’s Gaza leader, Yahya Sinwar, who has helped orchestrate and encourage the demonstrations, billed as the ‘March of Return.’”
Brigadier General Tapped to Probe Army’s Response to Gaza Protests [The Times of Israel]
The Times of Israel reports, “Thus far, 30 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops during the Gaza border clashes over the past two weeks, according to the Hamas-run Gazan health ministry. The army will not necessarily investigate every death, but will more likely focus on a few particular cases where there appears to be cause for an inquiry — for instance, in the death of Palestinian photojournalist Yasser Murtaja, who was reportedly shot in the torso on Friday while wearing a vest emblazoned with the word ‘press.’ … [Brig. Gen. Moti] Baruch’s probe will run in parallel to internal investigations currently underway in the IDF Southern Command, the army said.”

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