Two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry

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06 sept. 2019, 18.40

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in renewed clashes along the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.

Ali al-Ashqar, 17, was shot in the neck by Israeli fire along the border fence east of Jabalia in northern Gaza, a health ministry spokesman told AFP.

A second man, who the health ministry did not immediately identify, was shot in the stomach east of Gaza City, the spokesman said.

The Israeli army did not comment on the deaths, but said an estimated 6,200 "rioters and demonstrators" had gathered in locations along the border and thrown "fire bombs and explosive devices" at troops, as well as approaching the fence.

Palestinians have been holding often violent weekly protests along the border fence since March 2018.

The protesters are calling for Israel to end its crippling siege on the coastal enclave as well as demanding the right to return to the lands their families fled in 1948, which are now inside Israel.

Israel says any such return would mean its end as a Jewish state and accuses Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas of using the protests as cover for attacks.

At least 308 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since the protests began, the majority during the demonstrations.

Seven Israelis have been killed.

The protests have calmed in recent months.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.