Israeli fire kills 2 Palestinian teens: Gaza officials

Israeli fire kills 2 Palestinian teens: Gaza officials

Israeli fire kills 2 Palestinian teens: Gaza officials

At least two Palestinians were killed and dozens wounded on Friday afternoon by Israeli soldiers' gunfire during clashes with hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators in eastern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel, medics said.

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It added that the soldiers also killed Hamza Mohammad Roshdi Eshteiwi, 18, from Gaza city, after shooting him with live fire in the neck, east of Gaza.

Gaza's Hamas rulers have organized mass demonstrations along the frontier every Friday since March, in part to protest against the Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the territory imposed when the Islamic militant group seized power in 2007.

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Israeli security forces arrested a Palestinian man on Saturday suspected of killing an Israeli woman found dead two days ago in a forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem, police said.

A number of improvised explosives, rocks, and grenades were thrown at IDF troops as some Palestinians attempted damaging the border fence. Israeli troops "responded with riot dispersal means and fired according to standard operating procedures", he added.

Palestinians have been holding protests every Friday since the end of last March, demanding the implementation of refugees' right of return to the lands from which they were expelled in 1948 during a violent ethnic cleansing campaign by Israel. Protests have dwindled in recent months after an informal agreement. "Regarding statements that we have been invited, we can say that only today there was some contact from the Polish side", Erekat said on Twitter.

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