Twenty Palestinians, Israeli Officer Wounded in Clashes Along Gaza Border

Gazans came out to demonstrate in 47th Friday protest in a row ■ Israeli Border Officer lightly wounded from shrapnel after explosive device was thrown at him

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Palestinian demonstrators run away from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, in the southern Gaza Strip, February 15, 2019.
Palestinian demonstrators run away from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, in the southern Gaza Strip, February 15, 2019.Credit: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Twenty Palestinians were wounded Friday by live fire in clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza border, the Gaza Health Ministry reported, while Israel Police said a Border Police officer was lightly wounded in the leg from shrapnel after an explosive device was thrown at him.

The Palestinian Red Crescent cited 109 wounded protesters, of which 16 hit by live fire and two by rubber bullets.

Friday's demonstration was the 47th in a row since the weekly protests began in March. The Israeli army said 11,000 Palestinians came out to protest, with some throwing stones, grenades and other explosives at soldiers. One Palestinian was arrested for trying to cross the border in northern Gaza.

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In recent weeks, several thousands of Palestinians participated in the protests and a few dozens have been wounded every week.

According to data in a United Nations report released last month and confirmed by Israeli security officials, 295 Palestinians were killed and about 6,000 wounded by live ammunition since the demonstrations' inception.

Last week two teenagers, aged 14 and 18, were killed and seven other Palestinians wounded by live fire during protests at the fence, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. The 14-year-old was named as Hassan Shalabi, the son of a niece of Ismail Haniyeh, the political chief of Hamas.

Earlier that week, the Health Ministry said that Ahmed Abu Jabal, 30, succumbed to bullet wounds sustained on the Gaza border the previous week.

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