Palestinians wounded in Gaza protests

The Argentina squad in training in Barcelona

The Argentina squad in training in Barcelona

At one location on Friday, at least two Palestinians fired guns at an army post and others threw grenades or used helium balloons and kites to fly flammable materials or explosive devices over the border, the army said.

A press vest did not protect an AFP photographer from Israeli bullets fired during protests in Gaza. Hamas leaders have threatened possible mass border breaches, raising concerns in Israel that communities near Gaza might be at risk. They pledged to continue raising voice for rights of oppressed Palestinians and rejecting nefarious designs of Israel and USA against people in various parts of the world including Palestine.

Gaza: Some 400 Palestinians, including two journalists, were wounded by Israeli fire or treated for tear gas inhalation poisoning, during protests at the Gaza-Israel separation fence, officials from the Gaza's Health Ministry said on Friday.

At the same time, Israel has faced fierce criticism over its use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters on the Gaza Strip border with the Jewish state.

Local media reported that tens of thousands of Palestinian demonstrators joined the protests at five different spots in eastern Gaza.

"We don't have electricity or water or salaries", a woman demonstrator said.

Israel's use of potentially lethal force against the protesters has drawn global criticism. The marchers have also pressed demands for a "right of return" for the descendants of Palestinian refugees to ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

The only ones turning Gaza residents' lives into a living hell are the PLO - in its role as the Palestinian Authority - which has cut down the Gazans' electricity; and Hamas, which urges them to rush the border fences.

Although the Kollek Stadium is in west Jerusalem, it is located in a neighbourhood built where a Palestinian village once stood before it was destroyed in the war surrounding Israel's independence in 1948.

Argentina's national soccer team has pulled out of an exhibition match with Israel scheduled for this weekend in Jerusalem, but Israel's minister of culture and sport said it was in response to security threats against the team's star rather than political pressure from Palestinian groups. Growing despair in Gaza over blockade-linked hardships, including daily power cuts and rising poverty, have driven turnout.

The territory has been controlled by Hamas for more than a decade, during which it has fought three wars against Israel.

Al-Quds day was observed throughout the country on Friday.

Whitford responded to Mason by saying she would defend her right to criticise Israel, and called on the Scottish Government to back the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it to its capital, a move not recognized by most of the worldwide community.

East Jerusalem houses major shrines revered by Muslims, Christians and Jews.

This year's event saw the usual burning of flags and chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel", as well as a huge Donald Trump figure being hanged from a crane.

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