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Palestinian shot dead trying to breach Gaza border

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A Palestinian armed with an axe was shot dead trying to breach the Gaza-Israel border on Monday, the Israeli army said.

An army statement said troops fired on “two terrorists who damaged the security fence and were armed with an axe,” killing one of them.

There was no immediate Palestinian confirmation.

he death brings to 125 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since March 30.

The vast majority have been killed during weeks of protests along the border.

Protests peaked on May 14 when at least 61 people were killed as tens of thousands approached the heavily fortified border in a demonstration coinciding with the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

On Friday a 21-year-old female medic was shot dead in southern Gaza.

No Israelis have been killed. The Jewish state accuses Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas of using the protests as an excuse to carry out attacks.