Six Palestinians killed, 500 injured by Israeli fire in Gaza border clashes
Six Palestinians, including a 14-year-old, were killed and more than 500 injured by Israeli fire in new clashes along the Gaza border Friday, according to Al Arabiya correspondent.
On the other hand, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled strip said that Mohammed al-Houm, 14, and Iyad Al-Shaar, 18, were shot in separate incidents “by live ammunition from the (Israeli) occupation forces”.
Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP that two more Palestinians had been shot dead, without immediately identifying them.
The Israeli army said some 20,000 “rioters” had gathered at multiple sites along the border.
It said the protestors hurled “grenades and explosive devices in several different locations”.
It said troops were firing “in accordance with standard operating procedures” but did not go into specific cases.
Palestinians have been protesting at least weekly along the Gaza border since March.
At least 191 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in that time, the majority during border protests.
Smaller numbers have been hit by airstrikes or tank fire.
The protests are demanding the right of Palestinian refugees to be allowed to return to their homes, now in Israel.
Israel says any such mass return would mean the end of it as a Jewish state and accuses Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas of orchestrating the protests.