Two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire: Gaza ministry
September 28 2018 07:00 PM
Demonstrators carry an injured Palestinian during clashes along the Israeli border fence, east of Ga
Demonstrators carry an injured Palestinian during clashes along the Israeli border fence, east of Gaza City.

Reuters/Gaza City

Israeli soldiers shot dead six Palestinians, including two boys, who were among thousands of people who thronged to the fortified Gaza Strip border on Friday as part of weekly protests launched half a year ago, Gaza health officials said.

Israel's military said its troops resorted to live fire, and an air strike, after explosive devices and rocks were thrown at them and to prevent breaches of the border fence from the Islamist Hamas-controlled enclave.
Gaza health officials said 290 people had been wounded, 90 of them by gunshots. They identified the dead as males, two of them aged 12 and 14. The boys' families could not immediately be reached for comment.
At least 190 Palestinians have been killed since the Gaza protests began on March 30 to demand rights to lands lost to Israel in the 1948 war of its foundation, and the easing of an Israeli-Egyptian economic blockade.
Hamas said Friday's protest also marked the 18th anniversary of the launch of the last Palestinian revolt against Israel.
A Gaza sniper has killed one Israeli soldier and incendiary devices flown over by Palestinians using kites and helium balloons have set off fires that destroyed tracts of forest and farmland in Israel.
Israel accuses Hamas, against which it has fought three wars in the last decade, of having deliberately provoked violence in the protests, a charge Hamas denies.
More than 2 million people are packed into Gaza, whose economic plight is a focus of so-far fruitless US-led efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, stalled since 2014.

Last updated: September 28 2018 08:40 PM

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