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Gaza border conflicts kill 2, injure 270



August 18 (UPI) – Two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli forces on the Gaza border and 270 others injured despite cease firing.

Clashes on the border with Gaza killed two Palestinians on Friday injured 270 other people, 60 of them by live fire.

Karim Abu Fatayer, 30, died after being shot in the head by an Israeli sniper, the Palestinian Chronicle reported. Sadi Akram Muammar, 26, was killed in the southern Gaza Strip east of Rafah

Thousands of Palestinians gathered in the Gaza Strip, mostly deep within its territory and not adjacent to its border, the Jersulalem Post reported. Improvised explosive devices were thrown on the security fence, but there were no losses or damage to the Israeli armed forces.

Violence came in the midst of Egypt as details of a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas were established, but a dispute over power-sharing prevented the agreement from being implemented.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday at a conclusion At the meeting of the Palestinian Central Council, he would "never accept the separation of Gaza from the West Bank" and add that all humanitarian assistance to Gaza must go through the Palestinian Authority.

"There is no state in Gaza and no autonomy in the West Bank, and we will not accept that, we will never accept the separation from Gaza (from the West Bank)," Abbas said. "Either we take control of authority, as in Gaza and the West Bank ̵

1; with a state, a system, a law and a weapon – or they (Hamas) take control instead (in Gaza)."

On Friday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres proposed in a special report an armed military or police force to protect Palestinians in Gaza after the General Assembly's resolution condemned violence in Gaza and extended humanitarian aid programs

Two other Palestinians were killed in the border clashes last week, and hundreds were also injured

Medic Abdullah Qatati, who suffered a gunshot wound, and 55-year-old Ali Saeed Aloul died and suffered around 240 other protesters injuries last week, said the Ministry of Health of Gaza.

Palestinian protesters participated in weekly protests called the Great March of Return, demanding the return of refugees to their home countries, from which they were expelled in 1948. More than 159 Palestinians have been killed since the protests began on March 30. The ministry said.


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