Israeli soldiers shoot dead Palestinian on Gaza border

Casey Dawson
April 30, 2018

A Palestinian teenager died on Saturday after Israeli troops shot him during protests along the border of the Gaza Strip the day before, Reuters reported.

A military spokesperson said in a statement that around 21:30 (1830 GMT), two suspects were identifying trying to sabotage the fence that separates between Israel and the besieged Palestinian enclave.

"Warnings by the United Nations and others have seemingly gone unheeded, as the approach of the security forces from week to week does not seem to have changed", he added.

Abbas blamed the attack on Hamas soon after the incident in Gaza, in which Hamdallah, who has spearheaded efforts by the PA to reconcile with Hamas, was not injured.

Israel has reacted to the rallies with live fire and rubber-coated bullets, killing at least 43 people and injuring more than 3,500 others.

The protest action is to continue until May 15 when, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh says, the Gaza demonstrations will be replicated elsewhere along Israels frontiers.

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According to the ministry, the Palestinian teenager was hit in the head during protests in southern Gaza on Friday.

Mourners gather Thursday around the body of Palestinian journalist Ahmed Abu Hussein, who was killed by Israeli troops while covering a border protest.

Tension has been high along Gaza border amid Palestinian rallies demanding the return of refugees to their homes in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel. Palestinians mark the date as their "nakba", or catastrophe.

On April 27, hundreds of Palestinians, urged on by a Hamas leader, mounted a coordinated assault on a security barrier at Gaza City and tried to cross into Israel.

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