Israeli troops kill four Palestinians as protests continue along Gaza border

Palestinian protesters set up tents at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel Thursday

Palestinian protesters set up tents at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel Thursday

"It is OUTRAGEOUS to shoot at children!" tweeted UN Middle East peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov. "How does the killing of a child in #Gaza today help #peace?" US President Donald Trump´s decision past year to recognise disputed Jerusalem as Israel´s capital further fuelled Palestinian anger. "#Children must be protected from #violence, not exposed to it, not killed! This tragic incident must be investigated", he wrote.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian U.N. ambassador, said in a letter to the U.N. Security Council late Friday that Israeli forces continue demonstrating the "cruelty of their occupation machine, responding to the calls of unarmed civilians for freedom and justice with brutal and lethal force".

In addition, 729 protesters were hurt, including 156 hit by live fire, the ministry said, adding that five of the wounded were in serious condition.

He said that it is needed because the US protection for Israel is becoming the main instrument to encourage Israelis to continue murdering, sniping and killing Palestinians.

Israel's defense minister claims Gaza's Hamas exemptions would be the "only culprits" from the passing of a boy who had been murdered by Israeli military fire at protests about the Gaza-Israel border. Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza on its border.

Israeli soldiers are positioned on the other side of the border fence, including snipers taking cover behind earthen berms, and none have been hurt. The number of protesters on Friday was lower than the previous three weeks, but still in the thousands.

Israeli troops shot and killed a 15-year-old boy, Mohammed Ibrahim Ayoub, and two young men, aged 24 and 25, in northern Gaza, rescue workers said. Hamas denies this. Although organizers say the main protest is meant to be peaceful, some protesters have advanced toward the border from the encampments to hurl stones and burning tires near the fence.

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The kites are part of a new tactic aimed at setting fields on the Israeli side on fire.

A senior Palestinian official on Saturday called for an worldwide investigation into Israeli violence against Palestinians. "Several kites crossed into Israel and were extinguished when required". As the crowd grew, Israeli soldiers called out warnings in Arabic over loudspeakers to those who approached the border fence.

On Friday, protesters began gathering at sit-in protest camps near the border.

They came in smaller numbers. Israel says firebombs and explosive devices have also been used.

Israel is closely guarding the fence and warns it will not tolerate attempts to damage the fence or breach it and enter its territory.

Demonstrators demand that Palestinian refugees be granted the "right of return" to their towns and villages in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

According to The Committee to Protect Journalists, Israeli forces wounded four journalists covering Friday's protests. Gazans pinned notes to some of the kites telling Israelis "there is no place for you in Palestine".

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