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Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry

By AFP
media This picture taken on September 21, 2018, in the Gaza Strip near the Israeli border east of Gaza City, shows a smoke plume rising from Israeli bombardment of Hamas observation positions in the Gaza strip, days before more fresh clashes AFP/File

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian in fresh clashes on the Gaza border Sunday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.

Imad Ishtawi, 21, was shot in the head, the ministry said, as Palestinians again gathered along the border east of Gaza City late Sunday in the latest in months of often violent demonstrations.

The strip's Islamist rulers Hamas had been rumoured to be seeking a lasting truce with Israel but the indirect talks have seemingly stalled, with protests subsequently increasing in number.

In recent weeks the demonstrations, which typically involve burning tires and throwing stones, have also taken place at night, though with far smaller numbers than the regular Friday daytime gatherings.

At least 186 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests began on March 30.

One Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper.

Israel has maintained a crippling blockade of Gaza for more than a decade it says is necessary to isolate Hamas.

 
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