Three Palestinians shot dead in Gaza border clashes with IDF: ministry
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Three Palestinians, including a 12-year-old, were shot dead by Israeli fire in new clashes along the Gaza border on Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.
The ministry said 12-year-old Shadi Abdel Aal was shot east of Jabalia in northern Gaza.
It had previously said he was 14 and a medical source had named him as Mustafa Abed Rabbo.
Two 21-year-olds, Hani Afana and Mohammed Shaqqura, were also shot dead in separate incidents near Khan Yunis in southern Gaza and Al-Bureij in the centre of the coastal enclave, the ministry said.
At least another 50 people were wounded, the ministry said, as Palestinians again demonstrated in different spots along the border
The Israeli army said that 13,000 Palestinian protesters gathered at five different locations on the Gaza border on Friday.
An aircraft and a tank struck two posts in Gaza belonging to Hamas in response to grenades and explosive devises being hurled at IDF troops, the Israeli army said.
"The rioters are burning tires, hurling rocks and firebombs at IDF troops and the security fence. A number of rioters hurled two grenades at a military vehicle in the northern Gaza Strip and a number of explosive devices at IDF troops. No injuries to IDF troops were reported," the army said in a statement on Friday.
"IDF troops are responding with riot dispersal means and are operating in accordance with the standard operating procedures. In addition, IDF troops spotted nine suspects who crossed the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip. The suspects returned to the Gaza Strip shortly thereafter," the statement concluded.
Since the "Great March of Return" erupted on March 30, at least 178 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, the majority during demonstrations.
Some 50 of those killed have been identified as Hamas members. Israel accuses Hamas of using the demonstrations to inflict damage on the security fence separating Gaza from Israel as well as targeting Israeli soldiers.
One Israeli soldier has been killed during the border clashes.
The border has been relatively quiet since Israel and Hamas began negotiating a ceasefire with Egypt and the United Nations acting as mediators in an effort to secure a truce to end months of heavy violence along the Gaza border as well as to ease conditions in the impoverished Palestinian enclave.
The proposal under discussion is said to include a commitment to a long-term cessation of violence, the restoration of the Palestinian Authority’s control over the Hamas-run Strip and the advancement of a number of humanitarian projects funded chiefly by Qatar, including an Israeli-supervised shipping lane between Gaza and Cyprus.
Gaza’s approximately two million residents labor under restrictive Israeli and Egyptian blockades imposed since 2007 as well as daily blackouts, sky-high unemployment and limited access to clean drinking water. Some have argued it is on the verge of collapse.
Israel says the blockade is necessary to stop Hamas from committing terror attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians.
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