The New Yorker:

Along Israel’s border fence with Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on Monday, during the latest in a series of clashes marking the seventieth anniversary of Israel’s founding, which uprooted seven hundred and fifty thousand Palestinians. The Israeli soldiers fired tear gas, live ammunition, and, according to some reports, artillery shells at the protesters.

As the conflict continued, the I.D.F. sought to put the blame on the demonstrators, who numbered in the tens of thousands, saying in a statement posted on Twitter: “The rioters are hurling firebombs and explosive devices at the security fence and at IDF troops and are burning tires, throwing rocks and launching flaming objects with the intention of igniting fires in Israeli territory and harming IDF troops. IDF troops are responding with riot dispersal means and fire, and are operating according to standard operating procedures.”

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