Clashes with Israeli soldiers kill 2 Palestinians, wound dozens in eastern Gaza

Israel constructs an above-ground barrier around Gaza Strip meant to prevent infiltration by terrorists in February 2019

Israel constructs an above-ground barrier around Gaza Strip meant to prevent infiltration by terrorists in February 2019

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

Two Palestinian teenagers were killed Friday by Israeli army gunfire near the Gaza-Israel buffer zone, according to Gaza's Health Ministry.

It announced the death of 18-year-old Hamza Ishtawi shortly after, saying he was shot in the neck during similar clashes east of Gaza City.

The Israeli forces used live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas to chase protesters away from the border fence.

Meanwhile, Israeli soldiers posted in watchtowers in Khan Younis city, also in southern Gaza, opened fire on Palestinian farmers on nearby farmlands; no injuries were reported.

The enclave's health ministry says more than 220 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops at the protests.

"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.

Hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators arrived on Friday afternoon in eastern Gaza Strip to join the 46th rallies, part of a weekly anti-Israel protests, better known as the "Great March of Return", which started late last March.

The West Bank was hit by a bout of unrest in December as tensions eased in the Gaza Strip after months of violent protests.

According to Dutch news agency Nos, the decision came after a Dutch man of Palestinian origin sued the Netherlands before the European Court of Human Rights, demanding his right to register as Palestinian-born, instead of as an Israeli.

Palestinian officials will not attend next week's USA conference hosted by Poland, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said yesterday after a USA official said they had been invited.

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