Israeli Army Kills 3 More In Gaza

GAZA — Three Palestinians including a 14-year-old boy were killed by Israeli fire on Friday on the Gaza border, as clashes erupted with security forces during pro­tests, the enclave’s health ministry said.

Fares Hafez al-Sersawi, 14, and 24-year-old Mahmud Akram Moham­med Abu Samane, both died after be­ing shot in the chest during demon­strations east of Gaza City, ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said.

Hussein al-Rakab, 28, died after being shot in the head near Khan Yunis in the south of the Gaza Strip, Qudra said.

A further 376 people were wound­ed, including 126 who had been shot, according to health ministry figures.

Seven were in a critical condition including a medical volunteer. The Is­raeli military said around 20,000 Pales­tinians took part in Friday’s protests at numerous points along the Gaza bor­der, continuing a series of demonstra­tions which began in March.

Grenades, explosives and stones were launched at Israeli soldiers posted behind the barrier which separates Gaza from Israel, the military said.

Israeli forces responded with live fire and an aircraft also carried out two strikes in Gaza, the military said.

The armed forces said it could not immediately comment on the circum­stances surrounding the deaths of the Palestinians. Border protests have been ongoing since March 30 in the Gaza Strip, which is run by Hamas and has been under a crippling blockade by Israel for more than a decade.

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