Three dead as protests on Gaza border turn violent

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Gaza's health ministry says three Palestinians have been killed and more than 600 injured, following intensifying conflicts along the Israeli border.

More than 300 other people were hospitalised for gunshot wounds and tear gas inhalation, Gaza's health ministry said.

A 15-year-old Palestinian boy succumbed to his wounds Saturday from IDF gunfire in the fifth straight week of protests in the Gaza Strip on Friday, bringing yesterday's death toll to four.

In a statement, the Israeli military said it had "thwarted" an attempted infiltration by Palestinian protesters and opened fire "in accordance with the rules of engagement" to halt the crowd.

Lieberman had said the body should not be returned until Hamas releases captive Israeli civilians and the remains of Israeli soldiers it is holding.

"The Israeli Occupation deployed its Army, including snipers, to attack peaceful Palestinian demonstrators, including unarmed women, men and children".

It has also accused Hamas militants of being behind the protests.

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Fatah stressed that the worldwide silence encourages Israel to continue its crimes against the Palestinian people. He visited the mourning tent outside the house of al-Batsh's family in Jabaliya in the north of the Gaza Strip .

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Protests along the Gaza border since March 30 have led to clashes with Israeli troops, leaving at least 38 Palestinians dead and thousands of others wounded.

Israel says that allowing the refugees in would mean the end of the Jewish state, and accuses Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas of using the protests as a pretext for violence. An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment. Two-thirds of Gaza residents are descendants of refugees who fled or were expelled from properties during the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948.

"The loss of life is deplorable, and the staggering number of injuries caused by live ammunition only confirms the sense that excessive force has been used against demonstrators - not once, not twice, but repeatedly", Zeid said.

Israel and the United States have long had a close relationship, with the United States being Israel's biggest ally, and the connections between the two nations could deepen following Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - a move that was widely criticized within the global community. Hundreds more were hit by rubber-encased steel bullets or are suffering tear gas exposure, after Israeli forces showered the area with tear gas canisters from behind their heavily fortified positions.

Israel said hundreds of rioters had tried to burn the fence, and threw rocks and firebombs. With hooks and a long rope, the activists pulled at parts of the barbed wire adjacent to the fence. This restriction of movement has been devastating on the Palestinian population, with 80 percent of the Gaza citizens relying on food aid as reported by the World Bank. The increasing desperation of broad layers of Gaza youth is a product of both the unbearable conditions facing the more than 1.9 million Palestinians blockaded in what is the largest open-air prison on earth, and the lack of any viable perspective provided by a supposed "two-state solution".

Members of Hamas' honor guard carry the coffin of Palestinian scientist Fadi al-Batsh after it crossed into the Gaza Strip from Egypt at the Rafah crossing border, Thursday, April 26, 2018.

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