At Least 4 Palestinians Killed As Deadly Violence Again Roils Gaza Protests

Israel's army said three Palestinians were shot dead on Sunday night after they crossed border fence from the Gaza Strip in three separate cases. The men threw devices at soldiers, the military spokesperson's office said in a statement. The second infiltrator was taken away for questioning.

Addressing the ongoing protests and rioting crisis on the Gaza border, Construction and Housing Minister Yoav Galant said on Sunday that Hamas "is in trouble".

He said one of them was gunned down, while the other one was detained.

The teenager killed was identified as Azzam Aweida and hundreds of people gathered at his home in the southern town of Khan Younis to attend the funeral. Israeli soldiers also wounded 955 demonstrators, Al Jazeera reported.

In the fifth consecutive week of the protest at the Gaza-Israel border, dubbed by organisers as the "The Great March of Return", four Palestinians have been killed.

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Amid the bloody confusion of the past several weeks, at least two Palestinian journalists have been shot and killed, according to Reporters Without Borders, or RSF - most recently on Wednesday, when Ahmed Abu Hussein was "brought down by a clearly direct and deliberate shot".

Israel's use of live fire has drawn global criticism.

Hamdallah's convoy came under attack last month during a visit to the Gaza Strip to open a public-works facility there. Tap water is undrinkable and its Mediterranean coast has been polluted with untreated waste.

The protests are to culminate May 15, the anniversary of Israel's founding.

Other blockade-busting tactics by Hamas have failed over the years, including three cross-border wars with Israel and repeated rounds of unsuccessful power-sharing talks with the West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Palestinians mark the date as their "nakba", or catastrophe.

  • Megan Austin