Gaza Health Ministry: One Dead, 57 Wounded by Israeli Fire

Gaza authorities say 396 wounded, mostly by tear gas inhalation. IDF: Some Palestinians wounded after trying to throw explosive device at soldiers

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Palestinian paramedics carry a wounded protester away from the scene of clashes with Israeli forces during a weekly demonstration on July 6, 2018.
Palestinian paramedics carry a wounded protester away from the scene of clashes with Israeli forces during a weekly demonstration on July 6, 2018.Credit: AFP
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

One person was killed and 57 wounded by Israeli military fire in protests at the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, the Health Ministry in Gaza said. A total of 396 people were wounded in the protests, mostly by inhaling tear gas. Of those, 119 were taken to hospitals. The rest were treated without hospitalization, the ministry said.

The IDF said a number of Palestinians were wounded when they tried to throw an explosive device at Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip. The device exploded inside Gaza, the military said.

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On Wednesday, the Gaza Health Ministry said a 16-year-old Palestinian had died from wounds sustained by IDF fire in May, bringing the number of dead since the beginning of the protests in March to 136.

A Hamas spokesman said before Friday's protests – held under the slogan "cancel the deal of the century" in reference to the Trump administration's peace efforts – that "continuing the marches with a popular Palestinian consensus constitutes a barrier against all attempts to eliminate the Palestinian national issue, and first and foremost the deal of the century."

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