Israeli troops kill boy, two men in Gaza protests: medics

Maen Hammad

Maen Hammad

Another Palestinian, 28-year-old Hashem Hassan, said he saw Abdel-Al being shot 70 meters from the fence: "He threw a few stones, which flew just a few yards".

Israel's tactics against the protests have drawn worldwide condemnation.

In May, the Gaza health ministry removed 8-month-old Layla al-Ghandour from their official death toll of Palestinians killed in border clashes with Israeli troops after reports suggested she died from a preexisting medical condition, not from Israeli tear gas as the ministry had claimed.

"It is catastrophic", she told reporters in Geneva. The Guardian at the time quoted a hospital report that listed "heart defects since birth" in Ghandour and that she suffered a "severe stop in blood circulation and respiration".

Hamas has led protests since March partially over an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the territory.

Palestinians riot on the Israel-Gaza Strip border, May 14, 2018. Nearly all of the other fatalities from those days were later acknowledged by Hamas to be its members. About 130 Gazans have been killed, according to AP figures; Hamas has acknowledged that dozens were its members.

Three Palestinians, including one teenager, were shot dead and more than 248 injured by Israeli forces in Gaza on Friday, Palestinian medical sources in the besieged enclave said.

"There were too many false realities that were created - that people worship - that I think needed to be changed", said Kushner.

The clashes at the border, which Israel says are being orchestrated by Gaza's Hamas rulers, have included regular rock and Molotov cocktail attacks on troops, as well as shooting and IED attacks aimed at IDF soldiers and attempts to breach the border fence.

The Israeli military said it used force necessary to repel 13,000 Palestinians who massed at several points at the fence.

Gaza protesters have also launched incendiary kites and balloons into Israel, sparking fires that have destroyed forests, burned crops, and killed livestock.

The Israeli army said that around 12,000 demonstrators had joined Friday's protests.

Asked about Abdel-Al's death, an Israeli military spokeswoman said only that troops had kept to their open-fire regulations.

In several incidents, grenades and bombs were hurled at the troops.

"The Hamas terrorist group is responsible for everything that happens in and from the Gaza Strip", an IDF spokesperson said.

The Israeli military said that, twice this week, its patrols discovered and dismantled bombs that had been planted for use against them at the fence.