'Israeli soldiers have killed at least four Palestinians, three of them minors, as violence flared along the border between Gaza and Israel during rallies to mark the anniversary of year-long protests against a crippling blockade on the Strip.
Gaza’s health ministry said Mohammed Saad, 20, died from shrapnel wounds after coming under fire from Israeli forces early in the morning. Three 17-year-olds, named locally as Adham Emara, Tamer Abu-Kheir and Bilal Najjar, were later killed by Israeli fire during the rallies.
Save the Children said that the deaths of the three teens raised the total death toll of children to over 50 since the marches erupted in March 2018.
Over 300 people were also injured on Saturday, including 86 children, 29 women and six journalists.
The Israeli army said 40,000 “rioters and demonstrators” had gathered at several locations along the fence on Saturday hurling stones and setting fire to tyres. The army added that some had thrown grenades and explosive devices at the security border.
Gunfire crackled as groups of youth wielding flags dashed towards the heavily fortified fence, while some threw stones with slingshots. Tear gas canisters rained down into the crowds, while some were dropped overhead by drones. Later in the afternoon, small groups set fire to tyres, sending plumes of black smoke into melee.
Paramedics on the front line at Malaka, east Gaza, told The Independent that they had begun receiving several people injured with live bullet wounds to their legs from the early afternoon.
Dr Diaa Abu Hussein, head of the emergency medical services in the area, said that at least one journalist and one medic had been hit.
“Two of our ambulances were targeted directly with tear gas directly,” he said. “We have received several live bullet wounds to the lower limbs.”'
Read more: Great March of Return: Four Palestinians killed by Israeli live fire as Gazans mark anniversary
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