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Four Gazans killed by Israeli fire on border: ministry

AFP  |  Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) 

Four Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on the border today, the territory's health ministry said giving a new toll, as weeks of deadly clashes with protesters continued.

Among the dead was 15-year-old Haitham al-Jamal, who was shot on the border in southern east of the city of Khan Yunis, the ministry said. It earlier reported three deaths.

It said more than 100 Palestinians were also wounded by gunfire, including an AFP photographer, Mohammed Abed al-Baba, who was shot in the leg.

Baba, who has worked for AFP in since 2000, said he was shot in the leg while wearing a clearly identified press vest and helmet around 200 metres from the border east of Jabalia in northern Gaza.

Around 10,000 Palestinians gathered in five places along the border, the said, with clashes ensuing. The said in a statement its forces were using "riot dispersal means and are operating in accordance with the rules of engagement." At least 129 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since protests broke out along the Gaza border on March 30. There have been no Israeli casualties.

Protests peaked on May 14 when at least 61 Palestinians were killed in protests to coincide with the controversial opening of the

Before today's protests the had warned of another day of mass bloodshed, saying was encouraging people to seek to breach the fence again. But numbers were lower than some predictions and protesters mostly didn't approach the border fence, AFP correspondents said.

says Gaza's Islamist rulers are using the protests as an excuse to carry out attacks. The Jewish state maintains a crippling blockade of Gaza it says is necessary to isolate

Critics say it amount to collective punishment of the territory's two million residents.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 23:45 IST