At least two Palestinians dead in Gaza explosion - health ministry

At least two Palestinians dead in Gaza explosion - health ministry

An additional 1,554 Palestinians have been treated for inhalation of tear gas or injuries from rubber-coated steel pellets, Haaretz reported.

Islam Herzallah, 28, reportedly died in hospital after he was shot by Israeli troops east of Gaza City.

The Centre pointed out that the Israeli army had used deadly force against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip "in a blatant violation of global law, and killed many people".

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He said the Israeli military is "operating against it (Hamas) with determination and according to global law".

It distributed a photo of "a terrorist wielding an item suspected of being an explosive device", but an AFP journalist who witnessed the event said it was a firework that did not explode.

"Joining such protests brings us closer to returning to our homes that we were forced to leave", she said, holding stones in her hand.

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The Saturday's deaths took the toll to over 30 since the Great March of Return protests erupted on March 30.

Medics at the scene in the Rafah area said it was caused by an Israeli tank shell.

"Instructing snipers to shoot to kill unarmed demonstrators who pose no danger to human life, is another product of the occupation and military rule over millions of Palestinian people, as well as of our country's callous leadership, and derailed moral path", said the statement.

Marchers protest against a decade-old blockade and assert what they say is a "right of return" of Palestinian refugees to what is now Israel. Tens of thousands of protesters have attended demonstrations at five locations along the border, according to the Israeli army. "Our determination is well understood on the other side".

It had pledged to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and said there have been attempts at all three.

A video posted on Facebook by Saada shows that Abu Hussein, who was wearing a vest marked "PRESS" and a helmet, was standing among civilians and taking pictures of the burning of tires from behind the protest when a shot is heard and he fell to the ground.

Israel claimed he was a paid member of Hamas, but produced no evidence.

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