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Israeli forces shoot dead two Gazans on border

Fresh protests erupted near the Erez checkpoint between Gaza and Israel [Anadolu]

Date of publication: 18 September, 2018

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Israeli security forces shot dead two Palestinians along the Gaza border on Tuesday evening, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said on Tuesday.
Israeli security forces shot dead two Palestinians along the Gaza border on Tuesday evening, the health ministry in the Palestinian enclave said on Tuesday.

The two men, who were not immediately identified, were killed during fresh protests near the Erez checkpoint between Gaza and Israel, the scene of regular confrontation between stone throwing youths and Israeli soldiers in recent months.

Hundreds of Palestinians approached the border crossing shortly before sunset on Tuesday, when the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur was set to begin.

The protests are part of months of demonstrations against Israel's decade-long blockade of the enclave.

Since they began on 30 March, at least 183 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza.

One Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper.

The Erez checkpoint was closed for a week this month after a similar protest damaged the crossing.

Separately, two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike late on Monday night after planting a suspicious device on the border, the Israeli army said.

Israel says its strict measures against Gaza are necessary to isolate the strip's Islamist rulers Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, while human rights groups and the United Nations have condemned its disproportionate use of force against Palestinians.

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