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Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian during Gaza protests

At least 218 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since March. [Getty]

Date of publication: 29 October, 2018

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At least 218 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since protests began in late March.

A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire during protests in the Gaza Strip on Monday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.

Mohammed abu Abada, 27, was shot in the chest in protests along the border near Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, a health ministry spokesman told AFP.

Around 3,000 Palestinians gathered along the coast and border fence in the northern Gaza Strip, Israel's army said.

"Troops are responding with riot dispersal means and firing in accordance with standard operating procedures," an army spokesman said.

Dozens of Palestinian boats had also left from Gaza toward Israel by sea "instigating a naval riot", according to the spokesman.

On Sunday, three boys aged 12 to 14 were killed by an Israeli airstrike after approaching the border fence. Hundreds attended their funeral in the besieged enclave on Monday.

A Palestinian rights group condemned Israel for its "excessive use of force", while a senior PLO official called the deliberate targeting of minors a "war crime".

At least 218 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza since months of protests began in late March.

The majority were shot during protests along the border, though others were killed by aircraft or tank fire.

The protesters are calling to be allowed to return to lands their families fled or were expelled from in the 1948 war that accompanied Israel's creation.

They are also protesting over Israel's crippling blockade.

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