Two Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israeli army fire: medics
October 16 2015 06:19 PM

A Palestinian protester uses a sling to hurl stones at Israeli troops during clashes near the border between Israel and central Gaza Strip on Friday.

AFP/Gaza City

Two Palestinians died after being shot by the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip on Friday, the enclave's health ministry said, the latest such incidents in more than two weeks of clashes and attacks.

Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP that Abdul Qadir Farhat, 19, died "after he was shot directly in the head by the military in clashes close to the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing" in northern Gaza.

Mahmud Homaida, 22, was confirmed dead later in the day in clashes along the border.

The health ministry reported 98 others wounded, including those shot or exposed to tear gas.

The deaths brought to 36 the number of Palestinians killed, including alleged attackers, since an upsurge in violence began at the start of the month.

Hundreds more have been wounded in clashes with Israeli forces.

Seven Israelis have been killed and dozens wounded in a series of gun, knife and car attacks.

The Gaza clashes occurred during what Palestinians called a "Friday of revolution" against Israel.

Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with the Israeli military at different locations along the Gaza border after Hamas and Islamic Jihad called for protests.

Violent protests that first began in annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank have spread to Gaza in recent days.

Palestinian dressed as newsman stabs soldier

A Palestinian disguised as a news photographer stabbed and wounded a soldier at an entrance to the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba before being shot dead, the army said.

Military spokesman Arye Shalicar said the way the man was dressed "allowed him to approach the soldier".

The foreign ministry distributed photos of a man said to be the attacker wearing a shirt with the word "press" stamped on it and a fluorescent yellow vest.

In another unverified photo posted online, he is seen attacking a soldier with a knife.

The Foreign Press Association in Israel condemned the attack, calling it a "violation of press privilege."

A statement called on Palestinian media organisations "to immediately verify all media credentials to ensure there are no violations."

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting at Jordan's request on Friday to discuss the upsurge of violence.

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