Gaza: Israeli Snipers Kill 2 Protesters, Including Child

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The Israeli army regularly arrests and shoots unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds and farmers in the border areas if they near the moderation zone, as the authorities have not clarified the exact area assigned to that zone.

Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinian teenagers in the Gaza Strip on Friday as protests against the siege of the enclave resumed with thousands massing at the perimetre fence that borders Israel.

Fourteen-year-old Hassan Iyad Shalaby from the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis and 18-year-old Hamza Mohammad Ishtiwi from the city of Gaza were both struck by the occupation's bullets today, the ministry said.

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"They are hurling rocks at (Israeli) troops and towards the security fence, as well as a number of explosive devices that did not cross the fence", a spokesman said.

Women holding Palestinian flags run away from tear gas fired by IDF troops on the Israel-Gaza Strip border, February 8, 2019.

He noted that dozens were injured in eastern Gaza, including 17 shot by live Israeli soldiers' gunshots, adding that they were referred to hospitals all over Gaza while the others were treated by paramedics in the field.

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Earlier this week, Israel began reinforcing its Gaza security fence with a galvanized steel barrier 65 kilometers long (40 miles) and six meters high (20 feet).

Palestinians in Gaza have for almost a year gathered at least weekly along the border for often-violent protests, calling on Israel to end its blockade of the enclave.

The militant Hamas group demands an end to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed on the territory since 2007.

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The clashes along the border separating Israel and Gaza have led to periodic bouts of fighting over the past year, including Israeli airstrikes on the enclave and Hamas rockets fired at Israel.

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