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Six Palestinians martyred in clashes on Israel border

Six Palestinians martyred in clashes on Israel border

On Friday, Israeli forces said they had arrested a Palestinian on suspicion of stabbing and wounding an army reservist on guard duty at a checkpoint south of Nablus the previous day.

Israeli soldiers have killed five Palestinians at a protest near the border fence between Gaza and Israel on Friday, Gaza's health ministry has said.

According to Qidra, another 50 Palestinians were injured by live ammunition fired by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the buffer zone.

Thousands of Palestinians joined demonstrations as part of the March of Return protests that started on 30 March to demand an end to Israel's 11-year blockade on Gaza and the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their hometowns in what is now Israel.

"Following the serious incidents in the Gaza Strip, the defence ministry orders the immediate halt to the delivery of fuel" to the area, he said in a statement.

Four Palestinians were killed along the border east of Al Bureij in the centre of the Gaza Strip, while one died east of Gaza City, a ministry spokesman told AFP.

It said they planted an "explosive device" which blew up and "set the security fence on fire".

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It's the 29th consecutive Friday of protests against Israeli occupation.

One Israeli soldier has been killed over the same period.

The terms of the deal saw Doha, a longtime Hamas backer, pledge to pay $60 million (52 million euros) for fuel to be brought into Gaza over six months to supply the strip's sole power plant.

In addition, the Sunni terrorist organization also tried to infiltrate Israel via breaches in the security fence along the Gaza border.

Ahead of the protests Friday, Haniyeh seemed to be championing a possible peace agreement with Israel that has been in discussions recently, much to the behest of the Palestinian Authority (PA), which has become increasingly sidelined in the negotiations involving other states in the region as well as the UN.

Israel accuses Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests to provide cover for attacks.