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14 October 2018, 03:23 | Tara Lloyd
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At least six Palestinian protesters were killed on Friday by Israeli army gunfire near the Gaza-Israel border area, according to Gaza's Health Ministry.
Major Ben Halel, an officer in the Paratroopers Brigade who commanded the troops during the incident, said the Palestinian was armed with a knife and tried to attack a soldier, who opened fire at close range and killed him.
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.
Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col Jonathan Conricus tweeted that one group had "detonated a bomb on the Israel-Gaza border fence", allowing around 20 people to climb through the hole.
The protesters are demanding an end to an Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the narrow coastal strip, which is home to around 2 million Gazans.
A Palestinian woman was killed while her husband was injured after Israeli settlers attacked their vehicle near the Zaatara checkpoint in southern Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, late Friday night.
"The assailants were killed", it said, without giving a number.
After the murder of Israeli activist Ari Fuld who was stabbed in the back by a Palestinian terrorist two weeks ago there has been a significant uptick in terrorist activity in Judea and Samaria.
They assailants subsequently approached an Israeli border post and were shot, the statement said.
The majority were killed during border demonstrations, though others died in airstrikes and tank shelling.
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A later IDF statement called it a "blatant terror attack that was thwarted by IDF troops quickly and professionally which prevented a possible terror attack against civilians and IDF troops".
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip spoke of their despair on Saturday after Israel halted a deal to supply fuel to generate electricity.
One Israeli soldier has been killed.
The infiltration occurred on Friday as 14,000 Palestinians rioted in several places along the border fence as part of the ongoing "march of return".
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh pledged that the border violence would continue, saying, "Woe to you if you stop the march of return before the siege is lifted".
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