Abbas to Gaza: Keep children away from border protests

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has called for children to be kept away from the protests on the Gaza border, citing the risk of children being shot, according to the Jerusalem Post. Some 45 Palestinians have been killed in the past five weeks of demonstrations as part of the Great March or Return, with some 5,511 others injured, including at least 592 children. “I don’t want the upcoming generation to be a handicapped generation,” he said, referring to the dozens of reports that Israel has been targeting protesters in their knees and legs, suggesting intent to disable them for life.

Gaza doctors have noted the severity of many of the injuries caused by Israeli forces; over 1,700 people have been injured as a result of live fire, causing wounds not seen since Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” in 2014.