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Israel forces kill two Palestinians during protests at Gaza border — medics

GAZA, Feb 8 (KUNA) — At least two Palestinians have been killed and 17 others wounded by the Israeli occupation army during protests at Gaza border, Palestinian Health Ministry said on Friday.

The Palestinian people have been staging protests along the besieged Gaza Strip since March 30 calling for returning to their homeland and breaking the siege imploded on the Strip.

The Israeli army shot dead Iyad Shalabi, 14, in the chest, and Hamza Ashteoy, 18, in the neck, the ministry’s spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said in a press statement today.

The Israeli army suppressed the protests, therefore 17 Palestinians were wounded and taken to some hospitals in the Strip for treatment, he added.

Meanwhile, the Higher National Commission for the March of Return and Breaking the Siege confirmed in a press statement the continuation of protests until all demands are met.

The commission called for lifting the blockade in the Strip and holding Israel accountable for crimes committed against Palestinians who staged peaceful protests, according to the statement.

It also called on the Palestinian people to take part in the next Friday’s protests.

According to reports by the commission, up to 255 Palestinians, including 48 children under 18 years, six females, three medics, two journalists and eight disabled, have been killed since last March.

Some 26,878 Palestinian people were wounded by live ammunition, tear gas and rubber-coated bullets, it noted. Every Friday, Palestinian people take to streets in the Strip asking for the lifting of the siege and the return to their homeland as well as other demands. (end)

Source: Kuwait News Agency