Israeli forces kill two Palestinians as Gaza protests continue

Gaza protests

A member of the military wing of Hamas was killed in the attack, Muhammad Hajila, sources in Gaza said, adding that he had been near the Palestinian machine gun positions that had shot at the aircraft.

It said a single bullet was sacked toward the Palestinian "suspected of organising and leading this incident while he was a few metres from the fence", wounding him in the leg.

No injuries were reported from the border explosives or the Israeli retaliation. Israel says snipers only target the main "instigators".

Earlier on Thursday, one Palestinian was killed and another wounded in an Israeli airstrike on the Palestinian enclave.

The IDF expects protesters to throw Molotov cocktails and burn Israeli flags.

On Friday, many demonstrators constructed in 5 tent camps located a few hundred meters (yards) from the border fence.

The Hamas fighters were apparently shooting at an Israeli jet, which was carrying out strikes in Gaza in response to an explosive device at Israel's border fence on Wednesday.

But Palestinians say protesters are being shot while posing no threat to soldiers, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the European Union have called for an independent investigation.

The marches have been organised by Hamas, but large turnouts on two preceding Fridays were also driven by desperation among the territory's two million residents. The protests, planned to last six weeks, are calling for Palestinian refugees to return to their former homes that are now inside Israel - which Israelis say essentially amounts to calling for the country's destruction.

Israeli forces fire live ammunition, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at protesting Palestinians.

The International Criminal Court's prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, warned both Israel and Hamas that each could be committing crimes - as if a terror group using violence to breach a border and a nation defending itself are equivalent. All groups state military orders are criminal.

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