Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians, injure 600 along Gaza border: medics

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Palestinian protesters carry a wounded man during clashes with Israeli troops, on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, on June 8, 2018.

Among the injured Palestinians, 117 were hit with live gunshots, 60 with tear gas inhalation, and 77 by bullets shrapnels or tear gas canisters, said al-Qedra.

After Friday prayers, thousands of Gaza residents streamed toward five protest tent camps that had been erected more than two months ago, each several hundred meters (yards) from the fence.

Israeli troops have shot dead four Palestinians and wounded at least 618 others on Friday with live fire or tear gas used against protesters at the Gaza Strip border, medics said.

Israel, with U.S. support, has described the protests as a ploy by Hamas to breach its border in order to kill and kidnap Israelis, and says its use of lethal force has been necessary to prevent that.

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Palestinians were already angered by US President Donald Trump's transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, which sparked protests in Gaza in which dozens of Palestinians were killed.

"In the end, they've done right thing, and this is behind us", Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain told ESPN.

Israel's deadly tactics in confronting the protests have drawn worldwide condemnation. The marchers have also pressed demands for a "right of return" for the descendants of Palestinian refugees to ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

Palestinian Islamist party Hamas aided the calls for a protest.

Although the stadium that was slated to host the match is in west Jerusalem, Rajoub had complained that it is situated in a neighbourhood built on the site of a former Palestinian village destroyed during the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948.

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Argentina's national soccer team has pulled out of an exhibition match with Israel scheduled for this weekend in Jerusalem, but Israel's minister of culture and sport said it was in response to security threats against the team's star rather than political pressure from Palestinian groups. Growing despair in Gaza over blockade-linked hardships, including daily hours-long power cuts and rising poverty, have driven turnout. Israel and Hamas have fought three cross-border wars since 2008.

The annual event, which falls on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, is a legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, who designated the day in solidarity with the Palestinians.

Al-Quds day was observed throughout the country on Friday.

The movement said the Argentinian team had responded to "creative campaigning" denouncing what it called Israel's "sports-washing of its crimes against Palestinians". -AFP Palestinians gather to perform the last Friday prayers of Ramazan at the Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem. The compound sits on the ruins of biblical temples and is revered by Jews as the holiest site of their religion.

Thousands of protesters assembled on the streets of Tehran to hear their leaders trash Israel, the U.S., and their allies across the globe, with many chanting "Death to America" while burning the United States flag.

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