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IDF: Palestinians throw grenades, explosives at troops on Gaza border

Army says 15,000 take part in clashes, damage ‘security infrastructure’ ahead of expected culmination of protests next week

A Palestinian uses a slingshot to hurl stones during clashes with Israeli troops along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza City, on May 11, 2018. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)
A Palestinian uses a slingshot to hurl stones during clashes with Israeli troops along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Gaza City, on May 11, 2018. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Friday’s events as they happened.

Palestinian said wounded by IDF fire during fresh Gaza clashes

A Palestinian is reportedly injured by IDF fire as the weekly “March of Return” clashes resume on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

The Palestinian is said to be launching a burning kite toward Israel when he is wounded.

It would be the first known IDF shooting of a Palestinian kite flyer.

During the recent border clashes, Palestinians have adopted the tactic of kites carrying flaming objects over the border in an attempt to set nearby farmland on fire.

Indonesians protest US Jerusalem recognition ahead of embassy move

Thousands of Indonesian Muslims stage a rally protesting US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

About 5,000 people flock to Jakarta’s landmark National Monument and unfurl Indonesian and Palestinian flags.

On Monday, the US plans to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, five months after Trump recognized it as Israel’s capital.

The protest is organized by a new umbrella group that includes the most influential government-sanctioned Indonesian Ulema Council and some hard-line activists as well. The protesters perform Friday prayers at the monument before dispersing.

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has strongly condemned Trump’s move, which he described as a violation of UN resolutions.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, does not have diplomatic ties with Israel.

Protesters shout “God is Great” during a rally against the US plan to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, at Monas, the national monument, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

— AP

France: Europe isn’t US ‘vassal,’ should trade with Iran

France’s economy minister says European countries should push back harder against the Trump administration over the Iran nuclear deal and not act as “vassals” to the US.

Bruno Le Maire says on Europe-1 radio that Europe should not accept that the US is the “world’s economic policeman.” He wants European companies to be able to continue trade with Iran despite US President Donald Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions.

Le Maire proposes creating a European body that would have the same kind of powers that the US Justice Department has to punish foreign companies for their trade practices.

Trump said the 2015 nuclear deal that allowed for the lifting of sanctions wasn’t tough enough on Iran. European countries say Trump’s decision will raise the risk of conflict in the region.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire leaves the Elysee Presidential palace in Paris, on May 9, 2018, after the weekly cabinet meeting. (AFP Photo/Christophe Archambault)

— AP

Liberman to Assad: Tell Iran to get out of town

After Israel struck Iranian targets in Syria this week following Iranian rocket fire on the Golan Heights, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman tells Syrian President Bashar Assad to boot his patron Iran out of the country.

“Get rid of the Iranians. Get rid of Qassem Soleimani and the Quds Force. They don’t help but only hurt you,” he says during a tour of the Golan heights town of Katzrin.

Liberman also warns that the fight against Iran in Syria may not be over despite the extensive damage to Iranian military assets in the Israeli raids.

“There is nothing like the sin of hubris, there is no room for arrogance,” he says. “Everything needs to be taken in the right proportion.”

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (C) meets with Golan Regional Council head Eli Malka (L) and Katrzin Regional Council head Dmitry Apartzev (R) during a tour of the Golan Heights town of Katzrin on may 11, 2018. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

Israelis try to fly flaming kite into Gaza, start fire in Israel

Three Israelis are detained by IDF troops after they attempt to fly a flaming kite toward Gaza.

The kite falls short of the border and sparks a fire near Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

Police say the fire was extinguished and the three were handed over for questioning.

Reports describe one of those detained as a far-right activist.

“There are extremists and there are idiots. The worst is a mix of the two,” tweets Zionist Union MK Amir Peretz.

Iranian cleric: Tel Aviv, Haifa will be destroyed if Israel behaves ‘foolishly’

A leading Iranian cleric says Tel Aviv and Haifa will be destroyed if Israel behaves “foolishly,” while also vowing Iran will ramp up missile development despite Western criticism.

“We will expand our missile capabilities despite Western pressure (to curb it) …. to let Israel know that if it acts foolishly, Tel Aviv and Haifa will be totally destroyed,” Reuters quotes Ahmad Khatami as saying during Friday prayers.

His comments come after the Israeli military said it destroyed a significant chunk of Iran’s military assets in Syria earlier this week in response to Iranian rocket fire on the Golan Heights.

Iranian senior cleric Ahmad Khatami delivers his sermon during Friday prayer ceremony in Tehran, Iran, on January 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Turkey says US pullout from Iran deal an ‘opportunity’ for Ankara

ANKARA, Turkey — The Turkish economy minister on Friday says the United States withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is an “opportunity” for Turkey, insisting there will be no let-up in trade with Tehran.

“I see it like this, this is an opportunity for Turkey,” Nihat Zeybekci tells state news agency Anadolu, adding: “I will continue to trade with Iran.”

But he says that if there are United Nations decisions related to Iran’s nuclear activities and other issues, “of course” trade would continue “complying with them.”

Zeybekci criticized the decision by Washington but adds: “I don’t see anything big to worry about at this stage,” noting that other countries, including EU members, were not of the same opinion as the US.


Netanyahu: Israel will win ‘ongoing campaign’ against Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will be victorious in its “ongoing campaign” against Iran.

In a Hebrew language video posted to his social media accounts, Netanyahu addresses the Israeli raids on Iranian military targets in Syria following Iran’s firing of rockets at the Golan Heights early Thursday.

“I set a basic principle: Whoever hits us, we hit him,” he says. “We’re in an ongoing campaign and we’ll win it.”

Netanyahu also thanks the US, Germany, UK and France for supporting “our right to act and defend ourselves against the Iranian aggression.”

15 Palestinians said wounded in Gaza border clashes

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says 15 Palestinians have been injured in this week’s “March of Return” clashes along the border with Israel.

It does not detail the circumstances of their injuries.

The clashes come ahead of Nakba Day next week, when the Hamas terror group has called for hundreds of thousands of Gazans to breach the border fence.

Official says terror attack foiled on Moscow march in which Netanyahu took part

MOSCOW — Russian intelligence foiled a terror attack on this week’s massive Victory Day memorial march in Moscow, a top Russian diplomat says on Friday.

About 1 million people marched through central Moscow on Wednesday in the annual Immortal Regiment rally, carrying pictures of family members killed in World War II. President Vladimir Putin and visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined the march on May 9, the day when Russia marks the end of the war.

Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov says in an interview with the Tass news agency on Friday that several terror groups in western Siberia had stockpiled weapons for the attack. Twenty people have been detained and 17 homes were searched as part of the investigation, he says.

— AP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin seen during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, on May 9, 2018. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

16-year-old Gazan said critically hurt by sniper fire

A 16-year-old Palestinian was critically wounded after being struck by IDF sniper fire during clashes along the border, the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says.

The Gaza health ministry also says 36 people have been wounded in today’s “March of Return” demonstrations, four of them critically.

Trump to give video address at Jerusalem embassy opening

US President Donald Trump will deliver a video address to those attending next week’s opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, a senior administration official tells reporters this morning.

Vice President Mike Pence will also address an event the Israeli embassy to the United States is hosting on the same day to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding.

Over the last several weeks, Trump had been toying with the possibility of flying to Israel for the second time in his presidency, saying he might attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony. But earlier this week, the White House released the names of the American delegation to the event and did not include the president.

Administration officials laud Monday’s scheduled opening of the new facility, perhaps giving a preview to at least one point Trump may make in his remarks. “We are extremely proud of the fact that we have been able to open the embassy, as the president likes to say, ‘ahead of schedule and under budget,'” one official says.

— Eric Cortellessa

IDF: 5,000 Gazans burn tires, throw rocks at troops along border

The army says 5,000 Palestinians are taking part in this week’s clashes along the Gaza border, burning tires, throwing rocks at Israeli troops and flying burning kites towards Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces say soldiers are working to disperse the violent protests taking place at five different spots along the border and are using live fire in accordance with regulations.

“The IDF will not allow damage to security infrastructure or the fence and will continue to fulfill its mission of protecting the security of Israeli citizens and [Israel’s] sovereignty as necessary,” it says.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says one Palestinian has been killed and 167 have been injured in today’s “March of Return” clashes.

Mogherini says EU committed to Iran deal despite US pullout

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the EU is determined to make sure the Iran nuclear agreement is respected despite US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out.

Mogherini says Friday that “our determination is to keep this agreement in place. Obviously we need the only country that can unilaterally destroy this agreement to stay committed, which is Iran.”

Mogherini says she has been reassured about Iran’s intentions by the declarations of President Hassan Rouhani.

She adds that the US cannot undo the agreement by pulling out, saying: “This deal is not a bilateral treaty. It’s a UN Security Council Resolution and it belongs to the entire world.”

Mogherini will chair talks between the British, French, German and Iranian foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday.

— AP

Soldier said injured in suspected West Bank car ramming

A soldier was lightly wounded during a suspected car ramming outside the northern West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron, says a spokesperson for the Samaria Regional Council.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service says medics treated the 20-year-old at the scene and are evacuating him to a hospital.

The Israel Defense Forces says it is looking into the incident.

Army confirms West Bank incident was a car ramming

The army confirms an incident at a checkpoint near the West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron in which a soldier was lightly hurt was a car ramming.

It says the vehicle fled the scene and troops are carrying out searches in the area for it.

448 Palestinians said injured in Gaza border clashes

The Hamas-run health ministry says 448 Palestinians have been injured during clashes along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

It says 112 of those injured were hurt by live fire. It earlier said a 40-year-old was killed after being shot.

The ministry has not provided details on the circumstances of their injuries.

IDF: Palestinians throw grenades, explosives at troops on Gaza border

The army says Palestinians threw grenades and explosives at troops during clashes along the border, while upping the number of people who took part in the violent protests to 15,000.

It also says protesters damaged “security infrastructure” during the riots.

Army arrests suspect after 2nd attempted West Bank car ramming

The army says a suspect has been arrested following an attempted car ramming in the West Bank.

It says no one was injured in the incident, which took place near Hebron.

Earlier, a soldier was lightly hurt after being hit in a car-ramming attack near the northern West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron. The army says it is searching for the vehicle used in the attack.

731 now said injured in Gaza border clashes

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry raises the number of injured in this week’s clashes along the border to 731.

It says of those injured, 146 were hurt by live fire. The ministry earlier said a 40-year-old died after being shot by Israeli troops.

It does not detail the circumstances of the injuries.

The army said 15,000 Palestinians took part in this week’s clashes along the border, which included the throwing of grenades and explosives at Israeli soldiers.

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