Six Palestinians were killed and 145 others injured when Israeli military forces opened fire on a demonstration by the border fence east of Gaza City and near Khan Younis on Friday, medics and the Ministry of Health said. Tensions had been mounting steadily for weeks across the occupied Palestinian territory due to Israeli restrictions on Palestinians seeking to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem.
At least 900 Palestinians have been injured in seven consecutive days of demonstrations and clashes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, at least 60 with live fire, medics say.
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