Apr 7, 2018 - World

Gaza unrest escalates after journalist in "PRESS" vest killed

Palestinian protest

Palestinians protesters during clashes with Israeli toops near the border with Israel in the east of Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo: Momen Faiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images

One of six Palestinian journalists shot during a protest at the Israeli border died on Saturday, The Washington Post reports; he was wearing a marked "PRESS" protective vest at the time.

The big picture: Unrest in Gaza has escalated over the last week, leaving 31 dead. Per the Post, residents began "what has been billed as six weeks of demonstrations against Israel" last week. The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza reported 491 Palestinians sustained gunshot wounds during Friday's Hamas-backed protest; WashPost reports that the Israeli military "has maintained that the shooting...is carefully targeted." Israel says "it is forced to use live ammunition" as Hamas is using the protests to cover up attacks.

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