6 Gaza Pales­tinian protesters shot dead

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Is­raeli forces shot dead six Pales­tini­ans on Fri­day, four of them in a sin­gle in­ci­dent, in one of the dead­li­est days in months of mass protests along the se­cu­rity fence sep­a­rat­ing Gaza and Is­rael, Gaza’s Health Min­istry said.

The min­istry said four were killed in one lo­ca­tion, where the Is­raeli mil­i­tary said it opened fire on a crowd of Pales­tini­ans who breached the fence and ap­proached an army post. No Is­raeli troops were harmed, the army added.

Two other Pales­tini­ans were killed in other protest lo­ca­tions, the min­istry said, adding that at least 140 Pales­tini­ans were wounded by live bul­lets.

The Is­raeli mil­i­tary said 14,000 Pales­tini­ans thronged the bor­der fence ar­eas, burn­ing tires and throw­ing rocks, fire­bombs and grenades at soldiers sta­tioned atop earth mounds on the other side of the bar­rier.

Since March, Ha­mas has or­ches­trated near-weekly protests along the fence, press­ing for an end to a sti­fling Is­rael-Egyp­tian block­ade im­posed since the mil­i­tant group wrested con­trol of Gaza in 2007.

More than 150 Pales­tini­ans par­tic­i­pat­ing in or present at the marches have been killed since they be­gan. In May, about 60 protesters were killed in a sin­gle day, mak­ing it one of the dead­li­est since a 2014 war be­tween the two sides.

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