Gaza officials: 86 hurt by Israeli fire in border protest, Palestinian killed

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Gaza’s Health Ministry says dozens of Palestinians were hurt along the border with Israel.

It said most of the 86 people injured Friday were treated for tear gas inhalation while some sustained gunshot wounds.


Israel’s military said Palestinians tried to damage the border fence, rolled burning tires and threw an explosive device at soldiers. It said troops responded with tear gas and live fire.

Leaders of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, visited protest tents near the border and vowed to continue the weekly rallies they’re leading.

Over 110 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since demonstrations began March 30. Israel says it is defending its border as well as its communities nearby. It accuses Hamas of trying to carry out attacks under the guise of protests.

Palestinian killed

Meanwhile, a Palestinian man shot by Israeli forces in recent clashes along the Gaza border died Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave announced.

Yasser Habib, 24, was wounded several days ago east of Gaza City, the ministry said.

It did not give details of exactly when he was shot, but low-level demonstrations along the border have continued since protests peaked on May 14.

At least 115 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip since mass demonstrations broke out on March 30, according to newly-released figures from the ministry. No Israelis have been killed during that time.

At least 61 Palestinians died on May 14, when tens of thousands of Gazans protested as the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Two men injured in recent clashes died of their wounds Thursday. Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass infiltrations from the territory.

It accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out violence.

- With AFP.

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