Six Palestinians reportedly killed on Gaza border

Six Palestinians reportedly killed on Gaza border

Six Palestinians reportedly killed on Gaza border

CNN crews witnessed Palestinians throwing grenades and burning tires, and burning the border fence - with Israeli forces responding with tear gas, live fire and a water cannon.

The protests have regularly occurred on Fridays, with as many as tens of thousands of Palestinians gathering at multiple locations along the Gaza fence.

It said four died along the frontier east of Al-Bureij in central Gaza, two east of Gaza City and one near Rafah in southern Gaza. The Bedouin village is said to be slated for demolition and Palestinian villagers have been protesting against the imminent move.

In response to the violence, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered deliveries of fuel to the Palestinian enclave be suspended.

According to the Israeli army, rioters breached the security fence and planted a bomb nearby, setting a section of the barrier alight.

On Sunday, a Palestinian gunman shot dead two Israelis and wounded a third in an industrial park next to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, and on Thursday the Israeli military said a Palestinian had stabbed an Israeli soldier in the area.

The Israeli military has been criticised by the Palestinians as well as several worldwide human rights groups for its lethal response to the protests.

The men subsequently approached an Israeli border post and were shot, the Israeli army said.

The terms of the deal saw Doha, a longtime Hamas backer, pledge to pay $60 million (52 million euros) for fuel to be brought into Gaza over six months to supply the strip's sole power plant.

Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Gaza's ruling Hamas group, attended a funeral Saturday, pledging to keep up the near-weekly protests along the security fence with Israel until a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade is lifted. Sources added that Israeli settlers attacked the couple's vehicle with rocks, hitting Aisha with a rock in the head, which caused her death, and leaving her husband injured.

Israel accuses Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests to provide cover for attacks.

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