Gaza's health ministry says 25 injured in Friday's protests, which Israel said turned violent prompting wave of airstrikes
'A Palestinian woman has been shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza during protests on the border fences, according to local health authorities, as the Israeli military said its aircraft struck two Hamas positions in response to “violent” rioting.
Ashraf al-Kidra, a spokesman for Gaza’s Health Ministry, said Amal al-Taramsi, 43, was shot in the head during the rallies, which have been held regularly since last March. Mr al-Kidra added that a further 25 Palestinians were wounded by gunfire.
A witness to Friday’s killing, the first of the year, said that Ms al-Taramsi, from Sheikh Radwan north of Gaza city, was standing about 150 metres away from the fence when she was gunned down.
“She took a flag from a youth and before she moved, three gunshots rang out... she fell down,” Umm Yazan said, speaking from Gaza’s main al-Shifaa hospital.
The Israeli military said 13,000 people participated in several demonstrations along the fence on Friday which turned violent. It said there were three incidents of Gazans breaking through the border fence and that its airforce retaliated with airstrikes on positions belonging to Hamas, the militant group that runs the enclave.
“In response to the violence…. aircraft targeted two Hamas military posts. The [Israeli army] holds Hamas responsible for all violence that emanates from the Gaza Strip,” they said in a statement.'
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