Monday 24 September 2018
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Palestinian teen killed by Israeli fire in Gaza border clashes

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — A teenager was shot dead by the Israeli army during renewed clashes on the Gaza border on Friday, the health ministry in the Palestinian strip said.

Bilal Khafaja, 17, was shot in the chest during clashes east of Rafah in southern Gaza, the ministry said in a statement.

Several thousand demonstrators approached the border in multiple locations Friday evening, AFP correspondents said, the latest in months of often violent demonstrations.

At least 45 people were injured by Israeli fire, the ministry said.

East of Gaza City balloons with incendiary devices attached were again flown across the border, after being largely absent in recent weeks.

The balloons have started hundreds of fires inside Israel, causing major damage to farming land.

An Israeli plane fired at one group launching balloons on Friday, the army said in a statement.

East of Gaza City protesters used a net to capture an Israeli drone carrying tear gas canisters, an AFP correspondent said.

Earlier Friday a Palestinian succumbed to his wounds, two months after being shot during protests, the health ministry said.

Amjed Hamdouna, 19, was wounded on July 14.

At least 174 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since protests broke out on March 30.

One Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.

The protesters are calling for Palestinian refugees to be allowed to return to the homes they fled from in the war surrounding Israel’s creation in 1948.

Israel accuses Gaza’s rulers Hamas of manipulating the protests and of seeking to use them as cover to carry out attacks.

The Jewish state this week closed the only people crossing with Gaza after violent protests damaged the site.

It said it would reopen the passage next Thursday providing the situation remained calm.