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Palestinian Killed at Israel-Gaza Border During Weekly Demonstration


Young Palestinian protesters run away from the border fence during a demonstration east of Gaza City, on May 10, 2019.

A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire at a weekly demonstration along the Gaza-Israeli border fence, according to Palestinian officials.

Gaza's health ministry said Friday that a 24-year old Palestinian was killed during the border protest and 30 others were wounded by gunfire.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops opened fire when some of the protesters approached the fortified fence.

The violence was the first escalation after a cease-fire deal ended last weekend's fighting, which was the worst in several years. That fighting, which involved Hamas rocket attacks and Israeli airstrikes, left 29 Palestinians and four Israelis dead.

Palestinian protesters have been demonstrating weekly at the Gaza-Israeli border fence since March 2018. More than 200 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have been killed in the more than year-long demonstrations organized by Hamas.

Palestinians are demanding an end to an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza. Israel sees the protests as a potential cover for cross border attacks.