Palestinians to UN Mideast peace envoy: Go 'on vacation with Israeli friends'

Palestinians to UN Mideast peace envoy: Go 'on vacation with Israeli friends'

Palestinians to UN Mideast peace envoy: Go 'on vacation with Israeli friends'

One Israeli soldier has been killed by a Palestinian sniper during the weekly protests, and tracts of Israeli land have been scorched by incendiary kites and balloons.

Armed Israeli paramilitary settlers have launched a number of attacks on the Palestinian civilian population in the Nablus area, with the number of attacks drastically increasing since two Israeli settlers were killed by a Palestinian in the area on Monday.

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

Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus said around 20 Palestinians had crossed the border in an "organised attack" after an explosive device destroyed a portion of the fence.

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On Friday, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced suspending fuel delivery to Gaza in response to the protests, Haaretz reported.

Israeli forces have killed seven Palestinians during protests in the eastern Gaza Strip near the military fence separating the blockaded Palestinian territory from Israel, Gaza's health ministry said.

Abbas says that arranging deals with Hamas is equivalent to recognizing its control over Gaza.

According to the Health Ministry, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed - and thousands more injured - since the rallies began on March 30. Most of the Palestinians were killed during border demonstrations, though others died in air strikes and tank shelling.

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In the meantime, the IDF stated that a group of terrorists had attacked an Israeli outpost on the border.

The protests are a continuation of what Gazans dubbed the "March of Return", a series of protests that began in late-March, aimed at highlighting the right claimed by Palestinians to return to homes and villages lost seven decades ago in the war that accompanied the founding of the state of Israel.

The army said approximately 14,000 "rioters and demonstrators" took part in Friday's protests.

They are also calling for Israel to end its crippling blockade of the strip.

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They added that Hamas leader Ismail Haniya also attended the protests east of Gaza City and hailed the ongoing demonstrations.

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