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Thursday 18 October 2018

Four Palestinians killed after Israeli army opens fire on Gaza border

Another 445 Palestinians were injured, including 96 who were hurt by gunfire.

Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel (AP)
Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel (AP)

By Fares Akram

Two more Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, have been killed by Israeli army fire on the Gaza border, Palestinian health officials have said.

The deaths bring the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces on Friday to four, in the fourth weekly protest in the border area.

Some 445 Palestinians were injured in the day’s protests, including 96 who were wounded by Israeli army fire.

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Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth (AP)

Gaza’s Islamic militant Hamas rulers have called for a mass rally at the border as part of a weeks-long campaign of protests against a decade-old blockade of the territory.

Israel is closely guarding the fence and warns it will not tolerate attempts to damage the fence or breach it and enter its territory.

It has accused Hamas of using the protests as a cover for carrying out attacks.

Several Israeli communities are located near the border.

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