2 Palestinian teens killed during weekly Gaza border protest


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Palestinian teens, ages 13 and 17, were shot and killed during demonstrations on the Gaza border.

Some 8,000 Palestinians demonstrated on the border on Friday, a weekly occurrence, throwing rocks and firebombs at Israeli soldiers patrolling the area. The soldiers used water cannons, tear gas and some live fire to respond to the attacks, according to reports.

The Gaza Health Ministry reported that the two teens were killed with live fire, according to the Palestinian Maan news service. Hassan Iyad Shalbi, 13, was shot in the chest. He has been identified as a relative of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. The second teen, Hamza Muhammad Rashdi Ishteiwi, 17, was shot in the neck.

The border protests were part of the “Great March of Return,” which started in March.

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