Clashes erupt along Gaza-Israel border as protests begin

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Clashes erupted on the Gaza-Israel border Friday, AFP journalists said, a week after similar demonstrations led to violence in which Israeli force killed 20 Palestinians, the bloodiest day since a 2014 war.

Palestinians burned tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers over the border fence, who responded with tear gas and live fire, the correspondents said.

The burnt tires sent thick black smoke billowing at the Gaza-Israel border and prompted Israeli troops to fire back sporadically.

Palestinians set the tires on fire as some protesters moved closer to the border fence on Friday. The smoke is meant to block the view of Israeli snipers on the other side of the border fence.

Several shots were heard from Israeli positions as a few dozen Palestinians approached the fence near the Gaza community of Khuzaa.

One person appeared to have been shot east of Gaza City, an AFP photographer on the scene said, but his condition was not immediately clear.

Meanwhile, the UN Human Rights office is urging Israel to ensure security forces do not use excessive force against Palestinian protesters.

Firearms should only be used as a last resort, and unjustified recourse to their use may amount to willful killing of civilians, a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, UN human rights spokeswoman Elizabeth Throssell told a briefing.