Six Palestinians were killed Friday by Israeli military fire during protests at the Gaza-Israel border, as was another in clashes in the West Bank, Palestinian authorities said. Israeli army helicopters and fighter jets meanwhile attacked three Hamas positions in the northern Gaza strip.
Palestinians said 180 were wounded in Gaza protests from IDF fire, while nine were wounded by IDF live fire in the West Bank, including two severely hurt.
The Palestinians killed at the border between Israel and Gaza were named as 27-year-old Muhammad Khaled 'Abd al-Nabi; 22-year-old Ahmed Said Abu Libdah; 23-year-old Aish Sha'ath; 22-year-old Naser Abu Thayem, 23-year-old Mujahed Ziyad 'Akel and Yahya Badr al-Hasnat, 37.
Clashes in the West Bank, in a village close to Ramallah, left nine wounded, including at least two in critical condition, and killed one.
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Organizers of the weekly protests at the Gaza-Israel border had called on Gaza residents to demonstrate en masse on Friday under the slogan "Gaza will not surrender."
Around 16,000 people participated in the border clashes, the IDF said in a statement, adding they threw stones at troops as well as fire-bombs and granades, while also burning tIres. In two occasions protestors managed to breach the fence for a short period of time, the statement added.
Earlier Friday, London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Egypt reached a short-term agreement between Israel and Hamas to ease violence along their common border.
A delegation from the Egyptian intelligence service that has been shuttling between Gaza and Ramallah and which has also been meeting with Israeli officials achieved an understanding regarding a halt to the violence by Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza along the border fence with Israel, in exchange for an easing of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, according to the report.
The protests along the border, which have frequently involved tens of thousands of demonstrators, began in March.