Five Palestinians were injured by Israeli fire along the Gaza border today, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said, with tensions high over recent protests and clashes there.
The five were injured by Israeli artillery fire east of Khan Yunis, the ministry said. It said the men were on a base belonging to the military wing of Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas when they were struck.
In a statement, the army said at least one of the men was armed. It did not provide details on what type of fire its soldiers used.
The Gaza border has seen protests and clashes since March 30.
At least 34 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by Israeli fire since the protests began. There have been no Israeli casualties.
Israel says it only opens fire when necessary to stop damage to the fence, infiltrations and attempts at attacks.
Israel has rejected calls for an independent probe, saying its open-fire rules are necessary to defend the border.
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