GAZA, April 6, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian protesters carry an injured man during clashes on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City on April 6, 2018. Hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators began Friday to set fire to dozens of car tires near the border

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Gaza Officials: Palestinian Man Killed In Latest Clash With Israelis

April 06, 2018 - 11:10 am
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KHUZAA, Gaza Strip (1010WINS/AP) -- A Gaza health official says a Palestinian man has been killed by Israeli fire and 40 people have been injured in protests on the Gaza-Israel border.
 
Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra says the man was killed on Friday near the Gaza town of Khan Younis. The man was said to have been killed by a shot to the head.
 
Al-Kidra says 40 people were injured, five of them seriously, but did not provide a breakdown of the types of injuries.
 
The casualties were the first as new violent incidents erupted on Friday along the Gaza-Israel border fence. Palestinian protesters burned tires, sending black smoke billowing into the air and prompting Israeli troops to fire tear gas, and live fire.

The U.N. human rights office says it has indications that Israeli forces used "excessive force'' during a deadly crackdown on protesters last week in Gaza, and is expressing concerns about possible further violence.
 
Spokeswoman Elizabeth Throssell noted on Friday that Israeli forces are required under international human rights law to use nonviolent means "to the extent possible.''

She says live fire by Israel forces killed 16 people and reportedly wounded more than 1,000 others, many who were unarmed. She also said there were "ominous statements'' from Israeli authorities leading up to protest.
 
Throssell told reporters in Geneva that while some protesters "reportedly used means that could be dangerous,'' the protective gear and defensive positions by Israeli security forces "would have mitigated the risk and should not have led to recourse to lethal force.''
 
She spoke shortly before new violent incidents were reported at the Gaza-Israel border, prompting Israeli troops to fire back sporadically.