Three Palestinians, Including 2 Teens, Said Dead in Gaza Border Protest

90 Palestinians wounded by live fire, Gaza ministry says ■ IDF says struck group of Gazans who threw firebombs toward Israel ■ UN's Middle East envoy: 'killing of Palestinian boy by Israeli fire in Gaza is shocking and tragic'

Palestinian protesters gather as tear gas canisters are launched by Israeli forces during a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip, July 27, 2018.

Three Palestinian demonstrators, including two teenagers, were killed by Israeli army fire during Friday's protests along the Israel-Gaza border, Gaza's Health Ministry said. Muamen Fathi Elhamas, 17-year-old from Rafah, succumbed to his wounds Saturday morning, according to the health ministry. Those killed Friday were identified as Majdi al-Satri, 12, and Razi Abu Mustafa, 43.

Muamen Fathi Elhamas, 17.

According to the ministry, a total of 264 Palestinian demonstrators were injured in clashes, 90 of whom were wounded by live fire. Of those wounded, tenare in serious condition.

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On Saturday, UN's Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov slammed Israel over the killing of the 12-year-old Palestinian, writing on Twitter that Israeli fire in Gaza is both "shocking and tragic," and "it's time for this to stop."

According to a report in Gaza, a tank fired at a Hamas target in eastern Gaza City. No casualties were reported. 

Palestinian protesters carry a youth injured during a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip, July 27, 2018.
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Later on Friday evening, the Israeli military said it struck an observation post in northern Gaza in response to shots fired at Israeli forces. The strike caused no casualties or damage, the IDF added.

According to the IDF, some 7,000 Palestinians participated in demonstrations along the border, with several violent riots breaking out in which protesters threw stones and tear gas canisters, and burned tires.

A firebomb was found in an Israeli community in the Eshkol Regional Council near the border, which caused a small fire to break out. A second blaze erupted outside a greenhouse in the same area and minor damage to infrastructure was reported.

A Palestinian nurse reacts upon seeing the body of her husband who was killed by Israeli troops during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, southern Gaza Strip, July 27, 2018.

A number of protesters damaged the border fence before turning back and returning to the Strip, the IDF said, adding that it responded with riot-dispersal methods and live fire in accordance with regulations. 

The IDF intends to respond with extra force against any attempt to damage the border fence or throw grenades or explosive devices at soldiers in order to make it clear to Hamas that it is a violation of the ceasefire reached earlier in July.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed the situation during a visit to an Israeli community near the Gaza border, saying: "We really do not want to be drawn into a war, we are doing everything to prevent a wide-ranging campaign, but the ball is in the other court, not in ours."

Lieberman added: "I strongly recommend to Hamas, also with regards to this weekend, to act wisely and quietly and not to force us to do that which we know how to do, but do not want to do."

Based on data provided by authorities in Gaza, the most recent deaths bring the number of demonstrators who have been killed since border protests began at the end of March to 152. 

Palestinians react next to a wounded man during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip, July 27, 2018.