Israeli forces kill 7 Palestinians in violence along Gaza border
Seven Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on Friday during protests along the fence dividing Israel and Hamasrun Gaza, according to Gaza health officials.
Four of them were shot dead after they crossed into Israeli territory and approached an army snipers’ post, the Israeli military and a witness said.
In response to the border violence, Israel’s defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said he was halting Qatarifunded transfers of fuel into the Gaza Strip.
The fuel shipments had begun to alleviate the chronic energy shortage in Gaza that has left most of its 2 million residents with only eight hours of electricity every 24 hours.