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Palestinians bury the latest victim of Gaza border protests

Palestinians bury the latest victim of Gaza border protests
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By Robert Hackwill
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Hamas claims the death brings to 220 the number of fatalities attributable to Israeli bullets since the protests began.

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Palestinians have gathered in Khan Younis to bury a 26-year-old man who was shot by Israeli forces during protests on Israel's frontier with Gaza on Friday. Another six people were injured by gunfire.

The Israelis say their soldiers only used live ammuntion when confronted by a crowd of some 5,000 protesters, many of whom were throwing stones. Two of them briefly crossed the fence before returning to Gaza.

The Gaza Strip is run by Hamas, and it issued a statement claiming more than 220 Palestinians have been shot dead at the border since March in the protests against Israeli sanctions and the blockade imposed on Gaza.

Rocket fire continued from Gaza into Israel on Saturday, and an Israeli attack helicopter destroyed a Hamas position in southern Gaza in response. The rockets fell into open ground in Israel, and claimed no injuries or lives.

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