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Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Israeli troops kill four Palestinians as Gaza protest resumes

Israeli troops kill four Palestinians as Gaza protest resumes

Rajoub has long urged Fifa to expel Israel from the worldwide football federation, citing Israeli travel restrictions on Palestinian footballers and because Israel maintains teams in West Bank settlements.

The UN meeting took place as thousands of Palestinians protested near the Gaza border fence Friday.

Israel has lost swathes of farmland and forests on its side of the border to blazes set by coal, or fuel-laden Palestinian kites.

An opinion piece in the left-wing Haaretz newspaper said Regev had scored an "own goal" after "imposing politics on sports", and the centrist Yediot Aharonot featured a sick nine-year-old boy who broke out in tears when he learned he would not be accompanying Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi onto the pitch.

"There's no chance that an Arab nation, probably Qatar, is not behind the cancellation of Argentina's arrival", an Israeli sports official said.

The United States must play a more aggressive and even-handed role in ending the Gaza blockade and helping Palestinians and Israelis build a future that works for all.

The cancellation was seen as a victory for the global Palestinian anti-Israel boycott campaign.

Around 2 million people live in Gaza, majority the stateless descendants of refugees from what is now Israel.

The Palestinians killed on Friday were three adult men and a 15-year-old boy, Gaza medics said.

"When it became known that it would be in Jerusalem, the first thing we did was get in touch with A.F.A.to alert them about the sensitivity and delicate situation that this implied, including because it could involve security issues", the Argentine foreign minister, Jorge Faurie, said in an interview with local radio station Mitre.

A protester uses a racket to hit back a tear gas canister across a barbed-wire fence during clashes with Israeli forces.

The United States shifted its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem in May on the 70th anniversary of the creation of Israel, in a move met with condemnation from the Palestinians and many of Washington's global allies.

The protests have largely been organized by Hamas and to some extent by the smaller Islamic Jihad militant group.

It has accused Gaza's rulers Hamas of manipulating the protests to hide the infiltration of militants planning attacks. Hamas leaders have threatened possible mass border breaches, raising concerns in Israel that communities near Gaza might be at risk. Growing despair in Gaza over blockade-linked hardships, including daily power cuts and rising poverty, have driven turnout.

The Jerusalem Day protests are being held each year on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Al-Quds day was observed throughout the country on Friday.

Daniel Benaim, chief executive of Comtecgroup, the production company that paid the Argentine team more than $2 million to participate in the match, called the claim "a big lie".

They went to the General Assembly - where they have an automatic majority - which largely ignored Trump's threats to cut off aid to any country that went against the United States and voted 128-9 to denounce the U.S. president's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and declare it "null and void".

In Iraq, thousands of Iran-backed Shiite militiamen in uniform marched through the streets of the capital of Baghdad, burning an Israeli flag and carrying posters of the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Supreme Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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