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Two Palestinian teens killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry

AFP  |  Gaza City 

Two Palestinian teenagers were killed by Israeli fire on Friday during clashes along the border, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.

Hassan Shalabi, 14, was killed by "live fire to the chest east of Khan Yunis" during protests along the frontier with in the southern Strip, the ministry said.

It announced the death of 18-year-old shortly after, saying he was shot in the neck during similar clashes east of City.

Another 17 Palestinians were shot and wounded at different protest sites along the border, the ministry added.

The declined to comment on the deaths, but said 8,200 "rioters and demonstrators" had been protesting along the frontier.

"They are hurling rocks at (Israeli) troops and towards the security fence, as well as a number of that did not cross the fence," a said, adding that they had heard grenade explosions.

Israeli troops "responded with riot dispersal means and fired according to standard operating procedures", he added.

Palestinians in Gaza have for nearly a year gathered at least weekly along the border for often-violent protests, calling on to end its blockade of the enclave.

says it is protecting its borders and accuses of orchestrating the protests.

At least 249 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since then, the majority shot during clashes, though others have been hit by tank fire or air strikes.

Two Israeli soldiers have been killed over the same period.

Protests have dwindled in recent months after an informal agreement between Israel and

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 00:10 IST