Israeli soldiers kill five Palestinians at Gaza border protest


Israeli forces have killed at least six Palestinians during protests along Gaza's border, according to a spokesman for Gaza's Health Ministry.

The troops opened fire and "the assailants were killed", the statement said, without any injuries to Israeli forces.

Israeli forces have killed seven Palestinians during protests in the eastern Gaza Strip near the military fence separating the blockaded Palestinian territory from Israel, Gaza's health ministry said.

The P.A. has demanded an accord between Hamas and Fatah prior to any ceasefire agreement, and said that it is the only Palestinian body that can engage in negotiations.

Israel accuses the Islamist group Hamas, which controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests along the border fence to provide cover for attacks and to distract from Gaza's economic plight.

A Palestinian woman was killed while her husband was injured after Israeli settlers attacked their vehicle near the Zaatara checkpoint in southern Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, late Friday night.

"The strength of will and the determination of our people in the March of Return will lead to victory over the crimes of the occupation", he said while attending funerals for those killed in Friday's violent riots.

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Among the 252 Palestinians injured, 154 were shot by gunshots, including 50 children, 10 women, two paramedics and one local journalist.

The majority were killed during border demonstrations, though others died in airstrikes and tank shelling.

Israeli troops are searching for the assailant, who was seen making his way toward Huwara, a Palestinian village near Nablus, Haaretz reported.

Hamas sources said that Haniyeh suffered light suffocation after he inhaled tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers at Palestinian protesters in eastern Gaza city close to the Israeli border.

Tensions have been running high near the fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests dubbed "The Great March of Return".

The Israeli military said that the demonstrators, numbering around 15,000, had been "hurling rocks, explosive devices, firebombs and grenades" at Israeli troops and at the fence.

Israel announced on Friday as well it would halt fuel deliveries headed to the besieged Gaza Strip in response to what it said were attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians.