Violence Erupts Anew at Gaza-Israel Border in Third Week of Protests


Thousands of Palestinians flocked to the fence separating Gaza from Israel on Friday, and Israeli soldiers repulsed repeated attempts to cross the barrier with tear gas and live fire, as demonstrations that had already left dozens killed and thousands injured entered a third week.

More than 500 protesters were injured, including dozens hit by gunshots, and more than 100 were hospitalized, the Gaza Health Ministry said. Ten of the wounded were nurses and paramedics in Khan Younis. One man died of earlier injuries, bringing the protests’ overall death toll to 34, the ministry said.

At the Shejaiya protest site east of Gaza City, demonstrators again used thick smoke from burning tires as cover, successfully pulling apart an Israeli barrier of coiled barbed wire before being shot at and turning back.

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