ndreds of people have been wounded and several killed as a Palestinian demonstration on Gaza's border with Israel turned violent. One of the largest in recent years. Palestinian medical officials say one of the dead was aged 16. Most of the casualties were struck by gunfire. Israel's military responded by saying its troops had used, quote, riot dispersal means and firing towards main instigators, and that some of the demonstrators were rolling burning tires and hurling stones at the border fronts, and at soldiers.
The protests marked the start of six weeks of planned demonstrations from Palestinians, ending on the 70th anniversary of Israel's formation in 1948. An event that saw the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians at the time. Small tent cities have been erected at five points along the border by demonstrators, with Israel saying it's deployed over 100 sharp shooters, among other measures.
Friday's violence also coincided with the death of a Gaza farmer by an Israeli tank shell. Israel's military says that the tank fired at two individuals who were quote, operating suspiciously near the border fence. But Gaza's Health Ministry says the farmer was just in the area gathering crops to sell the next day.
The second man was also wounded, his identity is unclear.