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One killed at Israel-Gaza border on third Friday of protests, 528 wounded

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Gaza's Health Ministry said that a 28-year-old Palestinian man has been killed by Israeli fire in a mass protest on the Gaza-Israel border.

The death brings to 28 the number of protesters killed in two weeks of border protests. In additions, hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli fire since March 30.

Friday marked the third large-scale protest near the border fence since late March.

The Health Ministry said 528 Palestinians have been wounded in the mass protest on the territory's border with Israel, including 122 protesters wounded by live Israeli army fire.

The ministry said 406 demonstrators suffered other types of injuries on Friday, including being hit by rubber-coated steel pellets and being overcome by tear gas.

The ministry said 203 of those hurt were treated at hospitals and the rest at field clinics.

Friday's protest drew thousands of people, the third large-scale demonstration along the volatile border in as many consecutive Fridays.

Thousands of Palestinians gathered at five tent camps, several hundred meters (yards) from the border fence. Smaller groups moved closer to the fence, burning Israeli flags, throwing stones and torching tires.

The Israeli military estimated that about 10,000 Palestinians participated in the latest round of weekly protests and said it's a significantly lower turnout than in previous rallies in the past two weeks.