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Two killed in fresh Gaza protests but Israel-Hamas truce holds

  • 10 August 2018
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Two killed in fresh Gaza protests but Israel-Hamas truce holds
Two Palestinians including a medic were killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border Friday, but away from protests the calm reached after a deadly flare-up between the enclave's rulers Hamas and the Israeli army mainly held.
At least 131 Palestinians were shot by Israeli fire in the protests, Gaza's health ministry said, with volunteer medic Abdullah al-Qatati killed after being hit in the chest east of Rafah in southern Gaza.
Relatives of the 21-year-old medic gathered in the morgue of a hospital in Khan Yunis where his body lay, while outside his colleagues mourned.
A 55-year-old Palestinian, Ali al-Alul, was killed by Israeli fire on the same stretch of the border.
A few thousand protesters had gathered in different locations along the border with Israel, setting tyres ablaze and throwing stones, but there were fewer people demonstrating that in previous weeks, AFP correspondents said.
In Friday's demonstrations a total of 307 people were wounded, some by tear gas, including two journalists and five medics.
The Israeli army said a grenade had been thrown at troops in northern Gaza which did not injury any soldiers.
"In response to the violent riots, IDF (army) tanks struck two Hamas posts in the northern Gaza Strip," the military said on Twitter.
The protests came after a deal to end all rocket fire into Israel and air strikes on the Gaza Strip appeared to go into effect around midnight (2100 GMT) on Thursday.

There was no official confirmation from Israel or Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas but there were no fresh strikes Friday. -AFP

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