Three Palestinians succumb to wounds from Monday Gaza clashes
MAHMUD HAMS (AFP/File)
Three Palestinians have died from their wounds days after being shot by Israeli troops during protests in the Gaza Strip, the territory's health ministry said Saturday.
Their deaths bring to 65 the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire on Monday, when thousands of Palestinians protested as the US officially moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The three men were 20-year-old Mohammed Mazen Alyan, 58-year-old Moein Abdel-Hamid Al-Saai, and 21-year-old Ahmed Samara, the Hamas-run ministry said in a statement Saturday.
The death of the two men brings the total toll from Monday and Tuesday's border confrontations to 65.
The high death toll sparked an international outcry and the Palestinian leadership accused Israel of carrying out a "massacre."
Israel's military said it acted with restraint and only used live ammunition in response to violence against its forces or attempts to breach the border fence.
It earlier estimated that around 24 of the dead were members of militant groups such as Hamas, and on Wednesday a Hamas official said 50 of its members were among the killed.
On Friday the United Nations Human Rights Council voted to dispatch a team of war crimes investigators to probe the killings. Israel said the move was tantamount to supporting "terrorism" and blasted the body as biased.
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