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United Nations envoy to the Middle East Nikolay Mladenov has condemned the killing of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy during Friday's clashes between Palestinian protesters and IDF forces along the Gaza-Israel border.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health declared that a Palestinian child, identified as Muhammad Ibrahim Ayyoub, 15, was killed by Israeli forces during protests east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Many repeated claims that Israel's national intelligence agency, Mossad, were behind the killed of Fadi, who is said to have links with Palestine's Hamas.

Israeli forces have shot dead four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, as more than 10 000 gathered in a mass demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

With this, a total of 32 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops since late March, reported AP.

The group said Mohammad al-Sawalhi, a cameraman for the Gaza Media Center, was injured by a live round in his right hand in Gaza City's eastern neighbourhood of Shujaiya.


Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman wrote on Twitter that "the only culprits" in Ayoub's death are Hamas'"cowardly" leadership.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the fatal shootings.

The ministry says the man had been shot in the head. The number of protesters on Friday was lower than the previous three weeks, but still in the thousands.

Yesterday's protest was dubbed "Friday of Kites", with protests flying messages to Israel on the border.

Israel says it has only opened fire when necessary to guard its border and prevent violence, but no Israelis have been wounded and its open-fire rules have come under scrutiny.

More than 700,000 Palestinians were expelled or fled during the 1948 war surrounding the creation of Israel.


Palestinians pull barbed wire from the border fence with Israel during weekly Friday clashes, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 20, 2018.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith, reporting from the protest, said the Palestinians seemed determined to edge closer to the border.

A new tactic is to send burning kites into Israel.

The leaflets were dropped on Friday, ahead of what's to be the fourth large-scale protest, largely organized by Gaza's rulers from the Islamic militant Hamas, in part to challenge a decade-old border blockade of the territory. It added: "Stay away from the fence and do not attempt to harm it; avoid using weapons and committing violent acts against Israeli security forces and Israeli citizens".

Israel has accused Hamas of using the protests as a cover for carrying out attacks.

Since March 30, 28 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by army fire.


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