7 Dead and Hundreds Injured as Israeli Forces and Palestinians Clash in Gaza
Palestinians in Gaza have marched in their thousands to the Israeli border at the start of a six-week protest.
The Palestinian authorities says at least 7 people have been killed and 750 wounded, many of them by Israeli gunfire.
The Israeli military reported “rioting” at six places and said it was “firing towards main instigators”.
Palestinians have pitched five camps near the border for the protest, dubbed the Great March of Return.
They are demanding that refugees be allowed to return to homes that are now in Israel.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said there were about 17,000 Palestinians in five locations along the border fence. It said it had “enforced a closed military zone” in the area surrounding Gaza.
The IDF said troops were “firing towards the main instigators” to break up rioting that included petrol bombs and stones being thrown at the fence.
Israel has deployed tanks and snipers. Witnesses said a drone had been used in at least one location to drop tear gas.