Third Palestinian dies after Israeli soldiers shot 131 people during protests along the Gaza border


A third Palestinian has died after he was shot by Israeli troops as thousands protested along the Gaza border on Friday.

Ahmed Abu Lulu was shot in a section of the border east of the southern city of Rafah and died of his wounds in hospital on Saturday morning.

The 40-year-old was among 131 Palestinians wounded by Israeli bullets during the protest, breaking an unofficial ceasefire after less than 24 hours.

Smoke rises from an explosion after an Israeli airstrike on the Saidd al-Mis'hal cultural centre in Gaza City on Thursday 

Smoke rises from an explosion after an Israeli airstrike on the Saidd al-Mis'hal cultural centre in Gaza City on Thursday 

Smoke rises from an explosion after an Israeli airstrike on the Saidd al-Mis’hal cultural centre in Gaza City on Thursday 

The debris of Said Al-Mashal Foundation for Arts and Culture building after Israeli forces conducted airstrikes in the strip's capital city on Thursday

The debris of Said Al-Mashal Foundation for Arts and Culture building after Israeli forces conducted airstrikes in the strip's capital city on Thursday

The debris of Said Al-Mashal Foundation for Arts and Culture building after Israeli forces conducted airstrikes in the strip’s capital city on Thursday

Two others died in the border clashes, Ali al-Alul, 55, and volunteer medic Abdullah al-Qatati, 21, Gaza’s health ministry confirmed.

A Palestinian was in critical condition after being shot in the head, but it was not clear if this was Mr Lulu or a fourth protester.

A few thousand protesters gathered in different locations along the border, setting tyres ablaze and throwing stones.

The Israeli army said a grenade was thrown at troops guarding the border with northern Gaza without causing any casualties. 

It said troops responded with tank fire against two Hamas posts, despite the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza. 

A wounded Palestinian boy is brought into al-Shifa hospital on Thursday following the Israeli air strike on Gaza City 

A wounded Palestinian boy is brought into al-Shifa hospital on Thursday following the Israeli air strike on Gaza City 

A wounded Palestinian boy is brought into al-Shifa hospital on Thursday following the Israeli air strike on Gaza City 

The European Union called for an urgent ‘de-escalation’ and warned the two sides are ‘dangerously close’ to a full-blown conflict just four years on from their last war.

Extensive air strikes were launched at Gaza on Thursday in retaliation for more than 180 rockets and mortar rounds fired by Hamas and its allies on Wednesday night.

But an unofficial ceasefire agreement between the two foes went into effect around midnight.

This evening a few thousand Palestinians gathered along the border for weekly protests.

On Friday, several thousand protesters gathered in different locations along the border with Israel, setting tyres ablaze and throwing stones, but there were fewer people demonstrating than in previous weeks

On Friday, several thousand protesters gathered in different locations along the border with Israel, setting tyres ablaze and throwing stones, but there were fewer people demonstrating than in previous weeks

On Friday, several thousand protesters gathered in different locations along the border with Israel, setting tyres ablaze and throwing stones, but there were fewer people demonstrating than in previous weeks

Grieving relatives of Abdullah al-Qatati, Palestinian volunteer medic, who was killed by Israeli fire along the Gaza border, mourn at the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis, Gaza on August 10

Grieving relatives of Abdullah al-Qatati, Palestinian volunteer medic, who was killed by Israeli fire along the Gaza border, mourn at the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis, Gaza on August 10

Grieving relatives of Abdullah al-Qatati, Palestinian volunteer medic, who was killed by Israeli fire along the Gaza border, mourn at the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis, Gaza on August 10

People inspect the rubble of a building after it was destroyed by an Israeli air strike on Gaza City on Thursday 

People inspect the rubble of a building after it was destroyed by an Israeli air strike on Gaza City on Thursday 

People inspect the rubble of a building after it was destroyed by an Israeli air strike on Gaza City on Thursday 

Palestinian protesters escape from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel

Palestinian protesters escape from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel

Palestinian protesters escape from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel

Israel's Iron Dome defence system launches an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza toward the southern city of Sderot

Israel's Iron Dome defence system launches an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza toward the southern city of Sderot

Israel’s Iron Dome defence system launches an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza toward the southern city of Sderot

Mr Qatati was in his 20s and a volunteer with the Hamas medical services. A health ministry spokesman says he was shot in the chest in southern Gaza.

He would be at least the second medic to have been killed by Israeli fire during months of border protests. Today’s demonstration was smaller that those of previous weeks.

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The Israeli army said a few thousand ‘rioters’ gathered in a number of sites along the border, with soldiers using live fire and other riot dispersal tactics.

Three Palestinians were killed in the Israeli strikes, while seven Israelis were wounded by Palestinian rocket fire.

It was one of the most serious flareups since the 2014 Gaza war and followed months of escalating tensions. 

Palestinians demonstrators take part in clashes with Israeli troops near the border, with two Palestinians protesters shot dead today

Palestinians demonstrators take part in clashes with Israeli troops near the border, with two Palestinians protesters shot dead today

Palestinians demonstrators take part in clashes with Israeli troops near the border, with two Palestinians protesters shot dead today

A Palestinian woman throws a rock with a slingshot  during today's demonstration near the Israel-Gaza border in Khan Yunis, Gaza

A Palestinian woman throws a rock with a slingshot  during today's demonstration near the Israel-Gaza border in Khan Yunis, Gaza

A Palestinian woman throws a rock with a slingshot during today’s demonstration near the Israel-Gaza border in Khan Yunis, Gaza

An injured health worker was taken away by health crews after Israeli forces' intervention to disperse demonstrators

An injured health worker was taken away by health crews after Israeli forces' intervention to disperse demonstrators

An injured health worker was taken away by health crews after Israeli forces’ intervention to disperse demonstrators





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