Fierce Clashes Continue At Gaza-Israel Border Fence

Fierce Clashes Continue At Gaza-Israel Border Fence

The troops responded with tear gas and live fire.

The dead from last Friday included a journalist, Yasser Murtaja, who witnesses said was wearing a press vest at the time he was shot.

It was the third mass rally in two weeks.

The Israeli army said that about 10,000 Palestinians protested on Friday along the Gaza border.

Others hurled stones and burning tyres near the frontier fence, where Israeli army sharpshooters are deployed.

The ministry says 406 demonstrators suffered other types of injuries, including being hit by rubber-coated steel pellets and being overcome by tear gas.

Some in the Gaza crowd threw firebombs and an explosive device, the Israeli military said. Israel alleges Hamas is using protests as a cover for attacks.

Tensions are rising on the Gaza-Israel border as Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls the coastal territory, has mobilized people for unprecedented weekly protests along the borders since March 30.

Marchers protest against a decade-old blockade and assert what they say is a "right of return" of Palestinian refugees to what is now Israel. The camp was decked out in Palestinian flags.

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Yesterday, hundreds flocked to one of five camps near Gaza City, stepping on a large Israeli flag laid out on the ground at the entrance. "An order to open live fire at unarmed protesters is manifestly unlawful", it said.

The company Murtaja co-founded had been vetted for U.S. government funding, while an worldwide journalists federation said he was harassed and beaten by Hamas police in 2015. "We came here so the world can see us and know that life here is miserable, and that there should be a solution".

Israel defends its use of force, blaming the violence on Gaza's governing party Hamas, which has been labelled a "terrorist organisation" by many Western governments.

The person died after he was transferred to receive treatment shortly after he was shot during a protest that is part of the Great March of Return.

Medics at the scene in the Rafah area said it was caused by an Israeli tank shell.

Yair Lapid, the leader of Israel's centrist Yesh Atid party, called Hamas a "despicable terror organization" and accused it of exploiting civilians.

It added that the announced investigation was consistent with the approach of the Israeli military prosecution to blur the facts and give a false impression about the effectiveness of the Israeli law enforcement service.

Organizers of the protests have said they are meant to be "nonviolent resistance". The Ministry said a total of 969 were injured on Friday.

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