Gaza- Five Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli occupation troops during fresh clashes on the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry said. A fifth man died in central Gaza in an accidental explosion, eyewitnesses said.

The men, aged between 22 and 27, died in separate incidents along the border fence, the ministry said.

Three were shot dead east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, while one was killed east of Jabalia in northern Gaza, the ministry said.


The Israeli occupation regime did not comment on the deaths but said approximately 10,000 “demonstrators and rioters” were gathered along the border.

Palestinians have gathered for protests along the Gaza border at least weekly since late March.

At least 213 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation troops in Gaza since the protests began on March 30, according to figures collated by AFP.

The majority have been shot dead during protests, though smaller numbers have been killed by air strikes and tank fire.

One Israeli occupation soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper along the border in the same period.

Palestinian protesters are calling to be allowed to return to lands their families fled or were expelled from in a 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel and which are now inside the Zionist state.

They are also opposing Israel’s crippling blockade of Gaza.