Two children among seven Palestinians killed during clashes with Israeli forces on frontier with Gaza

Snipers open fire on protestors who had thrown more than 100 explosives at security fences

Saturday 29 September 2018 21:58 BST
Mourners carry the body of Palestinian boy Mohammed al-Hoam, 14, who was killed at the Israel-Gaza border fence.
Mourners carry the body of Palestinian boy Mohammed al-Hoam, 14, who was killed at the Israel-Gaza border fence. (REUTERS)

Two children were among seven Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli forces in one of the bloodiest days of a six-month protests along the Gaza frontier.

More than 90 others were injured, the enclave’s health ministry said.

Mohammed al-Houm, 14, and Nasser Mosabeh, 12, are reported to have been hit by sniper fire from Israeli troops – who said they were responding to more than 100 explosives being thrown towards their positions on the border.

The violence exploded as some 20,000 Palestinians gathered along the frontier on Friday for the now weekly “Great March of Return”, a movement demanding that Arabs who fled or were expelled from their home land during Israel’s 1948 creation be allowed to return.

The Israel Defence Forces said in a statement: “The rioters sabotaged security infrastructure, attempted to cross the security fence and infiltrate into Israel in several locations.”

It added aircraft had bombed two Hamas positions in response to the clashes – but admitted no Israeli troops or civilians had suffered any injuries.

The rallies – which also focus on Israel’s decade-long blockade of the territory – have been running every week since 30 March.

But they have grown hugely during the last two weeks as organisers have moved them into the night in an apparent bid to save lives by demonstrating under the cover of darkness. Tyres have also been burnt to obscure the vision of snipers.

In total, Israeli troops have killed more than 190 people during the protests and injured thousands more.

The bloodshed had brought the region once more to the brink of war with this summer’s exchange of fire the most severe fighting since the 2014 conflict.

The five adults who died on Friday were named as Mohammad Ali Inshasi, 18, Iyad Khalil Shaer, 20, Mohammad Walid Haniya, 24, Mohammad Bassam Shakha, 24, and Mohammad Ashraf Awawdeh, 26.

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