Dozens of Palestinians are injured as a result of the attack, including nine with live ammunition.
09 Oct 2015 15:05 GMT
At least five Palestinians have been shot dead and dozens more injured by Israeli forces in areas in the eastern Gaza Strip as hundreds of protesters tried to approach the border fence, sources told Al Jazeera.
Friday’s violence comes as clashes have increased in frequency since Israeli security forces began to crack down on Palestinian worshippers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem last month.
“It is very dangerous here,” Ezz Zanoun, a Gaza-based photographer who was at the protest, told Al Jazeera. “They always shoot at the border, but it’s much worse today than usual.”
Among those killed was a 15-year-old boy who was fatally shot at another demonstration in the al-Faraheen village, southeast of Gaza City.
At least nine protesters were injured with live ammunition, including one who is in critical condition, Zanoun added.
“At first they started shooting with rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades, then they fired live ammunition at us,” he said. “Dozens have been injured, but the number is growing because the clashes are still going on.”