One killed, 170 wounded in clashes along Gaza border

Gaza ceasefire holds after two-day flare-up, protests expected

On Friday, a few thousand protesters gathered at various locations along the border, setting tyres ablaze and throwing stones, but in smaller numbers than in previous weeks, AFP correspondents said.

According to Palestinian reports a paramedic was shot and killed in the chest while providing medical attention to injured rioters east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip and another 110 demonstrators were wounded, including one man in critical condition after being shot in the head near Khan Younis.

The European Union on Friday said "the death of the pregnant Palestinian mother and her child in this latest escalation is a tragic loss".

Israeli men stand next to a auto that was damaged after a rocket fired by terrorists from the Gaza Strip fell in the southern Israeli town of Sderot on August 9, 2018.

A wounded Palestinian girl is brought into al-Shifa hospital on August 9, 2018, following an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City.

But an unofficial ceasefire agreement between the two foes went into effect around midnight.

The implication was that Israel had ceased its reprisal attacks in the Strip because Hamas had halted rocket attacks on Israeli communities, but did not see itself obligated to a truce. Several attempts were made to breach the security fence. Israeli tanks did, however, open fire on a pair of Hamas sites during the day as well.

He would be at least the second medic to have been killed by Israeli fire during months of border protests.

Abdullah al Qattati was shot dead while treating wounded protesters
Abdullah al Qattati was shot dead while treating wounded protesters

The deadly riots came after a 12-hour lull of fighting between Israel and Hamas which saw over 200 rockets and mortars fired from the coastal enclave towards southern Israeli communities and over 150 retaliatory strikes by Israeli jets.

"He was the only one who demanded to launch a large-scale operation in the Gaza Strip".

"Yet their ability to avoid renewed war is becoming increasingly constrained with each cycle of violence", Lovatt added.

Protesters demand the "right of return" to their homes and villages in historical Palestine from which they were driven in 1948 to make way for the new state of Israel.

Israel insists that Hamas, the de facto ruling party in the Gaza Strip, is behind the protests, an accusation fiercely denied by the activists who have led them.

Since the demonstrations began some four months ago, 158 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli army forces deployed along the other side of the buffer zone.

The military said Palestinians hurled "explosive devices and firebombs" and in one instance a grenade at Israeli soldiers Friday.

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