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More deaths in Gaza as protests continue

The Palestinian health ministry said that a 28 year old man has died after being shot by Israeli troops as protests continued along the Gaza-Israel border for  a third consecutive week.

The Israeli military confirmed that at least 10,000 people demonstrated in five locations on Friday, describing the protests as “rioting”.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian health ministry said that at least 968 people were wounded by gunfire and tear gas Friday, with at least 1 death. The Palestine Red Crescent Society also reported that one of its medics was shot in the knee.

So far, around 35 Palestinians have been killed during the protests.

“The Israeli authorities must put an immediate end to the excessive and lethal force being used to suppress Palestinian demonstrations in Gaza,” Amnesty International said in a statement Friday 

The Palestinians have called the protests the Great March of Return, and demonstrations are due to reach a peak on 15 May, as they mark the 70th annual commemoration of the Nakba, when hundreds of thousands of people were displaced after the state of Israel was created in1948.

See more from the Washington Post here, the New York Times here, and the Guardian here.