Update – Israel re-opens Gaza crossings as truce with Palestinians holds

Update – Israel re-opens Gaza crossings as truce with Palestinians holds

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel reopened border crossings into Gaza on Monday following an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with the militant Islamic Jihad group that ended the most serious outbreak of fighting around the volatile Palestinian enclave in more than a year. At least 44 people, including 15 children, were killed in 56 hours of violence that began when Israeli airstrikes hit a senior Islamic Jihad commander. Israel said its action was a pre-emptive strike against an attack planned by the Iranian-backed group. Hundreds more people were wounded and several houses destroyed in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian militants fired more than 1,000 rockets…
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UPDATE – Gaza fighting spills into second day with air strikes, rockets

UPDATE – Gaza fighting spills into second day with air strikes, rockets

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israeli aircraft struck in Gaza and Palestinians fired rockets at Israel on Saturday after an Israeli operation against the Islamic Jihad militant group ended more than a year of relative calm along the border. Israel on Friday killed one of the group's senior commanders in a surprise daytime air strike on a high-rise building in Gaza City which drew rocket salvoes in response. Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, 06 August 2022. According to the Palestinian ministry of health, at least ten people were killed, including a child, in a series of Israeli airstrikes…
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Palestinian militants fire rockets at Israel after Gaza air strikes

Palestinian militants fire rockets at Israel after Gaza air strikes

GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian militants in Gaza fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Friday in response to Israeli airstrikes which killed at least 10 people, including a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement. As darkness fell, Israeli authorities said sirens had been sounded in southern and central areas, while images broadcast by Israeli television stations appeared to show a number of missiles being shot down by air defence systems. In Tel Aviv, Israel's economic centre, witnesses said they could hear booms but there were no reports of sirens. Islamic Jihad, a militant group with a similar ideology…
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Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza in response to fire balloons – military

Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza in response to fire balloons – military

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip on Saturday in response to incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian enclave, Israel's military said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the strike that targeted what the military said was a rocket launching site and a compound belonging to Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza. Hamas had no immediate comment. Since a May 21 ceasefire ended 11 days of Israel-Hamas fighting, Palestinians in Gaza have sporadically launched balloons laden with incendiary material across the border, causing fires that have burned fields in Israel. Palestinians say the balloons aim to pressure Israel to ease restrictions on the coastal enclave that were tightened during the May fighting. Balloon launches had mostly ebbed after Israel eased some restrictions on Gaza.…
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Photo Story – Izz ad-Din al-Qassam fighters parade in Southern Gaza strip

Photo Story – Izz ad-Din al-Qassam fighters parade in Southern Gaza strip

Izz ad-Din al-Qassam brigade fighters, the military wing of Hamas, parade to commemorate the al-Qassam fighters who were killed during the recent conflict in Gaza City, 27 May 2021 (issued 28 May 2021). After eleven days of fighting a ceasefire came into effect on 21 May between Israel and militants in the Gaza strip under an Egyptian initiative for an unconditional ceasefire. VIA EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER
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Photo Story – Egyptian aid to Gaza

Photo Story – Egyptian aid to Gaza

Trucks carrying Egyptian aid after arriving at Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza Strip, southern Gaza Strip, 23 May 2021 (issued 24 May 2021). More than 120 Egyptian aid trucks carrying aid arrived from Egypt to Gaza Strip. VIA EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER
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In first, Gaza logs no deaths from overnight Israeli strikes

In first, Gaza logs no deaths from overnight Israeli strikes

Gaza health officials said on Tuesday they had no reports of Palestinians killed overnight in ongoing Israeli strikes on the enclave, the first apparent reduction of casualties since fighting erupted on May 10. The intensity of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel also waned between midnight and 1000 a.m. (0700 GMT), a Reuters witness said. Israeli rocket alerts indicated the latest salvoes were focussed on border communities rather than targets deeper within Israel. World powers are pushing for a Gaza truce. The Israeli military's chief spokesman, Brigadier-General Hidai Zilberman, said it was continuing to operate in Gaza in accordance with a…
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Israel-Gaza conflict rages on despite U.S., regional diplomacy

Israel-Gaza conflict rages on despite U.S., regional diplomacy

GAZA/TEL AVIV, May 17 - Israel pummeled Gaza with air strikes on Monday and Palestinian militants launched rockets at Israeli cities despite a flurry of U.S. and regional diplomacy that has so far failed to halt more than a week of deadly fighting. Israel's missile attacks on the densely populated Palestinian enclave killed a top Islamic Jihad commander and left a crater in a seven-storey office building that Israel's military said was used by Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas. epa09207397 An Israeli artillery shelling targets in the Gaza Strip as the escalation continues between the Israeli Army and Hamas forces at…
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Update: Israel-Gaza conflict rages, U.S. tells Israel to protect media after tower hit

Update: Israel-Gaza conflict rages, U.S. tells Israel to protect media after tower hit

GAZA/JERUSALEM, May 15 (Reuters) - Israel pounded Gaza, destroying a tower block that housed media organisations and which it said had militant assets, while Palestinian rocket salvoes hit Tel Aviv on Saturday, with no sign of an end to almost a week of fighting. The death toll is rising from the worst escalation since 2014 and diplomacy has so far failed to quell it. Smoke rises as the building collapses after an Israeli airstrike hits Al-Jalaa tower, which houses apartments and several media outlets, including The Associated Press and Al Jazeera, in Gaza City, 15 May 2021. EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER Israel's…
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Gaza’s Hamas militants fire 130 rockets towards Tel Aviv – Hamas statement

Gaza’s Hamas militants fire 130 rockets towards Tel Aviv – Hamas statement

Gaza's Islamist ruler Hamas said it had fired over 130 rockets towards Tel Aviv on Tuesday night in response to an Israeli air strike that had flattened a tower block in the Strip. "We are carrying (out) now our promise (by) launching a massive rocket strike against Tel Aviv and its suburbs, with 130 rockets, in response to the enemy's targeting of residential towers,” Hamas's armed wing said in a statement.  Earlier: Gaza block collapses after Israeli strike, rocket hits Tel Aviv building Palestinians inspect a destroyed Hanadi tower after Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, 11 May 2021. At least one…
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Gaza’s first COVID-19 vaccine shipment on its way

Gaza’s first COVID-19 vaccine shipment on its way

Gaza will receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday after Israel approved the transfer via its territory, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. Gaza, which has a population of two million, has reported more than 53,000 cases of the coronavirus and 538 deaths. Palestinian officials said the shipment would include enough doses to inoculate 1,000 people. Shipment, via Israel, of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine by the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank to Hamas Islamist-run Gaza had drawn criticism from right-wing Israeli politicians. Palestinian officials, blaming Israel, said a transfer planned for Monday had been cancelled. COGAT, an…
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Photo Story: COVID19 Restrictions eased in Gaza

Photo Story: COVID19 Restrictions eased in Gaza

Palestinians walk in the streets after the authorities eased restrictions put in place to stop the spread of the COVID-19, amid a coronavirus lockdown in Gaza City, 23 January 2021. The Ministry of Interior in Gaza City announced on 05 December 2020 a full lockdown on Fridays and Saturdays until further notice to curb the spread of COVID-19. EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER
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Gaza gets vital medical aid as hospitals struggle with rising infections

Gaza gets vital medical aid as hospitals struggle with rising infections

The World Health Organization delivered 15 ventilators to Gaza hospitals on Sunday amid a spike in COVID-19 infections that has tested the Palestinian territory's under-developed health system. The donation of the intensive care devices, funded by Kuwait, came a week after local and international public health advisers said hospitals in the enclave could soon become overwhelmed. "These devices will help medical teams provide better service to patients, but it is not enough," said Abdullatif Alhaj of Gaza's health ministry. Alhaj said hospitals had suffered acute shortages in oxygen essential in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Gaza has logged nearly 20,000…
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Photo Story: Masks with a purpose

Photo Story: Masks with a purpose

Palestinian artist Samah Saed paints the Palestinian flag on a face mask to encourage people to wear them as a precautionary measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Via EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER
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The Year in Photos – The Unknown Faces of 2019

The Year in Photos – The Unknown Faces of 2019

Hamas supporters pose as they attend a rally to mark the 32nd anniversary of the group, in Gaza City, 14 December 2019. Hamas was founded in 1987, shortly after the Palestinian Intifada (uprising) broke out against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.   Photo: EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER
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Israel asks Cyprus to consider port for Gaza

DW: Israel's defense minister has said the proposal aims to "change the reality in the Gaza Strip." For years, the coastal enclave has been under a naval blockade, preventing it from receiving goods by water. The Cypriot government on Tuesday said Israel has requested it examine the possibility of building a port facility for Gaza-destined goods to pass through. Such a facility would provide a new way for goods to make it to the Gaza Strip, which is under a blockade by Israel and Egypt. Streamlining deliveries Under the proposal, a special port would be constructed in Cyprus. The port would…
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Condoms, kites, birthday balloons: Silly Gaza weapons could lead to serious war

Condoms, kites, birthday balloons: Silly Gaza weapons could lead to serious war

For over two months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been flying kites, birthday balloons and inflated latex condoms into Israel, relying on the gentle Mediterranean coastal breeze to push them across the border. Silly as they may sound, these weapons are no joke. Most of them carry metal mesh pouches containing a burning piece of coal or oil-soaked rag, which have sparked hundreds of fires in southern Israel, destroying thousands of acres of land and causing millions of shekels in damage. A smaller number carry small explosive devices, which seem to have not yet caused injury because of repeated…
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Gaza tension escalates

Gaza tension escalates

France 24/The Times of Israel: Israeli fighter jets hit 25 targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian territory, the army said. Around 45 rockets were fired overnight from Gaza towards Israel, the army said in a statement. Seven were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system. In retaliation, Israeli planes carried out three raids against military compounds belonging to the Islamist movement Hamas, it said. IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus says the overnight Israeli strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip were more intense than previous sorties, and could increase if the…
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Gaza on the “brink of war”

Gaza on the “brink of war”

Al Jazeera: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the "most serious escalation" of violence in the Gaza Strip places the besieged enclave on the "brink of war", urging Israel and Hamas to recommit to a 2014 ceasefire. The UN chief said in a report obtained by news agencies that he is "shocked" by Israel's use of live fire since border protests began in Gaza on March 30. Guterres said its military has "a responsibility to exercise maximum restraint" except as a last resort. The report was sent to the council last week in advance of a meeting on Tuesday…
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Airstrike targets car of Gaza balloon and kite launch ‘leader’

Airstrike targets car of Gaza balloon and kite launch ‘leader’

The Times of Israel: The Israeli military said Sunday its aircraft had targeted a leading Gazan figure launching incendiary balloons and kites into Israel. The strike appeared to be the latest instance of the army attempting to warn off Gazans launching balloons and kites at Israel, which have led to daily blazes in fields in southern Israel and raised fears of balloon-borne IED attacks. “Our forces attacked in an airstrike the vehicle of on the leaders of a burning and explosive kite and balloon cells. The attack was carried out in response to the ongoing launching of burning and explosive kites…
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Warning shots fired by IDF aircraft in Gaza

Warning shots fired by IDF aircraft in Gaza

The Times of Israel reports that an Israeli aircraft on Saturday for the first time attacked a group of three Gazans preparing a store of balloons that Palestinians have been using to send incendiary devices over the border during Gaza protests, the army said. No injuries were reported in the strike near the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. The IDF said the aircraft fired “a warning shot.” The report comes as Palestinians continued to send flaming kites into Israel, including one that was apparently carrying an explosive device, Israel Radio reported. The device was safely detonated by sappers and police…
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New violence escalation along Gaza-Israel border

New violence escalation along Gaza-Israel border

Euronews reports that "Israeli troops fatally shot three people and injured more than 600 others during Friday’s weekly protest along the Gaza-Israel border, according to medics in Gaza." According to the reports some 10,000 Palestinians took part in the protest, according to the Israeli army, throwing rocks at troops, burning tyres, and hurling “a number of explosive devices and a grenade” across the fence. Hundreds of Israeli troops were deployed and fired tear gas and live bullets. Israel Defense Forces had issued warnings on leaflets throughout Gaza and on Twitter, warning civilians to stay away from the fence. The Times…
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Razan Najjar wasn’t intentionally targeted – Israeli Army

Razan Najjar wasn’t intentionally targeted – Israeli Army

The Israel Times, reports that an initial IDF investigation finds that Razan Najjar, the Palestinian medic shot dead on Friday during clashes along the Gaza border was not intentionally targeted, the army says. “During the incident, a limited number of bullets were fired and no gunfire was directly or intentionally fired at her,” the army says. This appears to indicate that the 21 year old medic, Razan Najjar, was hit either by a ricochet or a missed shot. The army says the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. The IDF General Staff has also launched its own probe into the event,…
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Thousands attend funeral of 21 year old nurse killed on the border between Gaza and Israel.

Thousands attend funeral of 21 year old nurse killed on the border between Gaza and Israel.

The funeral of Razan al Najar, the 21-year old medic who was shot dead by Israeli forces as she ran to treat injured protesters, was held in the Gazan city of Khan Younes - with thousands of mourners attending. A senior medical official in Gaza has urged the international community "not to stay silent" and do more to protect civilians protesting at the border fence with Israel. Mourners went to retrieve her body from the hospital where she and her friends had cared for the injured of this increasingly bloody confrontation along the border between Israel and Gaza. Hundreds cried…
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21 year old voluntary nurse killed by Israeli soldiers. Israel army investigating reports

21 year old voluntary nurse killed by Israeli soldiers. Israel army investigating reports

A Palestinian woman has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the Gaza border fence, in another day of protests and violence, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Razan al-Najjar, 21, was shot near Khan Yunis on Friday, bringing the toll of Gazans killed by Israeli fire since the end of March to 123. According to health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra, Razan al-Najjar is a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the Palestinian health ministry said. A witness said she was shot while running towards the fortified fence to help a casualty. Wearing a white uniform, "she…
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Israel tank fired on Islamic Jihad position

The Times of Israel reports that "An Israeli tank fired on an Islamic Jihad position in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday morning, killing at least two people, after Palestinians planted an explosive device along the security fence in the latest exchange along the restive border, the army said. According to the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry, two people were killed and one was seriously injured in the Israeli strike, near the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip." The Israel Defense Forces said the improvised explosive device was placed along the security fence on Saturday. The army said the…
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UN rights council approves probe into Israeli response to Gaza clashes

The United Nations Human Rights Council approves a commission of inquiry to investigate Israel’s handling of clashes on the Gaza border and alleged human rights violations in the Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem. Twenty-nine countries on the rights council vote to approve the probe, including China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, while 14 countries abstained. Only the United States and Austria vote against the resolution. Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, the UN human rights chief criticised Israel's reaction to protests along the Gaza border as "wholly disproportionate" and backed calls for an international investigation. Addressing a special session of the UN Human Rights Council…
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Egypt to open Rafah border for Muslim holy month of Ramadan

  Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to his official Twitter account. In his message, the Egyptian President said that,  "I gave directions to the relevant institutions to take the necessary steps to keep the Rafah crossing open during the blessed month of Ramadan in order to alleviate the burdens of (our) brothers in Gaza." The border with the Palestinian territory is mostly shut but opens at regular intervals, for a few days every two or three months. This would be the longest single…
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Arab League calls for an international probe into the violence in Gaza

Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit called for an international probe into alleged "crimes" committed by Israeli security forces against Arab rioters and terrorists during mass infiltration attempts along the Israel-Gaza frontier on Monday. "We call for a credible international investigation into the crimes committed by the occupation," Abul Gheit said at the opening session of an extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo to discuss Israel's response to the infiltration attempts. Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting three days after the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and violence along the Gaza border, where Israeli forces…
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Turkey and Israel expel respective ambassadors; Belgium and Ireland summon Israeli ambassadors over Gaza violence

The Haertz reports that  "Israel expelled the Turkish consul in Jerusalem hours after the Israeli ambassador to Turkey was expelled on Tuesday. Israel's official statement to Turkey on the expulsion of the Turkish consul, Husnu Gurcan Turkoglu, was identical to an earlier statement sent by Turkey to Israel to oust ambassador Eitan Naeh." In the meantime Belgium summoned the Israeli ambassador, Simona Frankel, to a meeting on Wednesday with a senior official of the Foreign Ministry.  The Irish government also summoned the Israeli ambassador, Zeev Boker, to express its shock and dismay over the Gaza deaths, the Irish Times reported Tuesday. Ireland…
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Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on violence in Gaza and latest developments

Dozens of Palestinians, including children, have been killed and hundreds injured from Israeli fire today, during ongoing mass protests near the Gaza fence. We expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life. Israel must respect the right to peaceful protest and the principle of proportionality in the use of force. Hamas and those leading the demonstrations in Gaza must ensure that they remain strictly non-violent and must not exploit them for other means. During these days, both Israelis and Palestinians are commemorating defining moments for their nations. Each side in this conflict has legitimate claims…
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Eight month baby, eight children under age of 16, amongst the 59 killed in Gaza

Palestinians held funerals for 59 killed by Israeli forces in the violence which erupted yesterday in the Gaza neighbourhood. Today coincides with the day Palestinians mark the “Nakba”, or catastrophe, commemorating the more than 700,000 people who fled or were expelled from their homes in the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation. Most of the 59 Gazans who died Monday were shot by Israeli snipers, Gaza's health ministry said. The toll included a baby who died from tear gas inhalation along with eight children under the age of 16, the ministry said. Citing figures from the health ministry and a group…
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The world reacts after 60 Palestinians killed and over 2,700 injured in Gaza – Updated

Updated:  Egypt issued a rare condemnation Monday of Israel’s deadly response to clashes along the border with the Gaza Strip, while Turkey said the United States also bore responsibility for the “massacre” there. The statement by Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemned what it said was “the use of force against peaceful marches.” Earlier  After months of global outcry, the United States officially moved its embassy to Jerusalem on Monday with an inauguration ceremony. This move sparked violent protests and Gaza's health ministry has said that 58 Palestinians have been killed and 2,400 injured by Israeli forces yesterday. Two-thirds of the United Nations…
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Developing Story – 52 dead, 2,400 wounded in Gaza as Israeli troops fired bullets at residents rallying against opening of the US embassy in Jerusalemi

Violent clashes erupted along the Gaza Strip's border hours ahead of the controversial opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, leaving 52 dead and 2,400 more wounded. Earlier: The Guardian reports that Israeli forces have killed 37 Palestinians and wounded at least 500 in Gaza, health officials said, as troops fired bullets at residents rallying against the Monday opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. With a White House delegation and Israeli officials set to gather for the inauguration ceremony, the Gaza clashes had wounded more than 500 Palestinians in addition to the 28 killed, the Gazan health ministry…
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Demonstrations in Gaza enter the sixth day

An estimated 10,000 Palestinians have faced tear gas and live bullets during protests on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The latest crackdown, on the sixth day of demonstrations, follows the death of a Palestinian teenager after he was shot by an Israeli sniper on April 27. He was the 49th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli fire since protests began in March. Gaza’s Health Ministry says at least 350 Palestinians were injured in Friday’s action; some by live fire. Israel has been internationally criticised for using live fire during such protests but officials argue that they are…
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Palestinians die in clashes with Israeli forces during major border protest

The Guardian - At least seven Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by Israeli forces in Gaza, Palestinian medics have said, as protesters kicked off a planned six-week demonstration demanding the right of return for refugees. Israel’s military said 17,000 Palestinians were “rioting” in six locations in the Gaza strip on Friday, rolling burning tires at the security fence and its troops, which it said were “responding with riot dispersal means and firing towards main instigators”. Israeli forces enforce a no-go zone for Palestinians on land in Gaza close to the fence and regularly fire on frequent protests along the frontier…
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