Palestinians head to Gaza-Israel border for weekly protests

Published May 4, 2018, 11:03 PM

by Roel Tibay

By the Associated Press

Thousands of Palestinians staged a sixth weekly protest Friday near Gaza’s border with Israel, some throwing stones and burning tires as Israeli soldiers fired live rounds and volleys of tear gas from across the border fence.

Palestinian medics run to evacuate a wounded youth during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Friday, May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Adel Hana/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Palestinian medics run to evacuate a wounded youth during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Friday, May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Adel Hana/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Gaza’s ruling Hamas group, which has organized the marches, has said the protests might culminate in a mass breach of the border fence later this month.

By late afternoon Friday, at least 40 protesters had been hurt by live fire or tear gas, according to Gaza health officials who did not provide a breakdown. Since late March, 39 protesters have been killed and more than 1,700 wounded by Israeli fire.

 
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