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Three Gazans killed by Israeli fire on border: new ministry toll

AFP  |  Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) 

Three Palestinians, including a 15-year-old, were killed by Israeli fire on the border today, the territory's health ministry said, as weeks of deadly clashes with protesters continued.

The ministry had announced a fourth man had been killed but swiftly clarified his heart had been restarted. Among the dead was 15-year-old Haitham al-Jamal, who was shot on the border in southern east of the ciy of Khan Yunis, the ministry said.

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 128 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since protests broke out along the 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 says Gaza's Islamist rulers are using the protest 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. 22:25 IST
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