At least four Palestinians have been killed and hundreds of others wounded during clashes with Israeli forces as thousands marched near Gaza’s border with Israel in a major demonstration marking the 42nd anniversary of Land Day.
Mohammed Najjar, 25, was shot in the stomach in a clash east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip while 38-year-old Amin Mahmoud Muammarin and Mohammed Abu Omar were both shot dead in Rafah, the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement on Friday.
The fourth victim was identified as 16-year-old Ahmed Oudeh.
Earlier on Friday, Omar Samour, a 31-year-old farmer from Gaza was also killed by Israeli artillery fire while standing on his land near Khan Yunis, just hours ahead of the demonstrations.
There has been no immediate confirmation from the Israeli army of the strike.
More than 370 Palestinians were also injured after Israeli forces fired live ammunition at the protesters and used tear gas to push them back from a heavily fortified fence, according to the Red Crescent.