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article imageGazan killed by Israeli fire in border clash: ministry

By AFP     Dec 22, 2017 in World

A Palestinian was killed as youths clashed with Israeli soldiers on the Gaza border on Friday in a new protest against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the health ministry said.

The third Friday since US President Donald Trump's controversial announcement on Jerusalem was again billed by Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas as a "day of rage".

Hundreds of Palestinian protesters at various points along the Gaza border threw stones at Israeli forces, who responded with smoke grenades and live and rubber bullets, AFP correspondents said.

The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said Zakaria al-Kafarneh, 24, died after being shot in the chest in clashes near Jabalia, in northern Gaza.

Six other Gazans were shot and wounded with live ammunition, with one in a critical condition, the ministry said.

In the occupied West Bank, clashes broke out in Ramallah, Hebron and other major cities, with smaller protests across the territory, including near the Jewish settlement of Beit El.

A Palestinian protester throws a tear gas canister back towards Israeli troops during a clash on the...
A Palestinian protester throws a tear gas canister back towards Israeli troops during a clash on the Gaza border on December 20, 2017

Osama Najar, spokesman for the health ministry in the West Bank, said they had seen protests in more locations than on previous weeks.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said it had dealt with dozens of injuries during the West Bank clashes, including at least five with live ammunition.

The clashes broke out after the weekly Muslim prayers, with minor scuffled also reported in Jerusalem.

The army said in a statement that around 1,700 "rioters are hurling firebombs and rocks and rolling burning tires ... In order to disperse the riot, troops are responding with riot dispersal means".

In Gaza, around 2,000 Palestinians were taking part in protests, the army said, with soldiers firing "live rounds selectively towards main instigators".

The army's estimates were down from 2,500 and 3,500 in the West Bank and Gaza respectively the previous Friday.

Nine Palestinians have been killed in violence since Trump's December 6 announcement he would recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US embassy there.

Seven of them have died in clashes, while two were killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza.

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