Gaza City, Gaza Strip (AP) – Two Palestinians, including a teenager, were killed and injured on Friday by Israeli shelling, health officials in Gaza said, while weekly militant Islamic group border rallies were organized.
The 13-year-old was fatally shot in the head and a 24-year-old man died of bullet wounds on his leg and stomach, the Gaza Strip's Ministry of Health said.
Over 130 injured were evacuated to hospitals for treatment with at least three in serious condition, the ministry said. About 90 others received first aid
Paramedic Mutasem Khatib said the teenager threw stones "very close to the fence" before being shot.
"It was a critical breach from the start that made a a significant part of his head," Khatib said in a telephone interview. "He died when we arrived at the hospital."
Israeli military had no immediate comment.
Hamas, the group that governs Gaza, has led to violent protests for three months. More than 125 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since their inception.
Israel says it defends its border and surrounding communities and accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover for attempts to break the fence and carry out attacks
The rallies are aimed in part at referring to the Israeli Egyptian blockade imposed following the occupation of Gaza by Hamas in 2007.
In the late afternoon, demonstrators flocked to five camps set 300 meters from the Israeli border. A few dozen ventured to the fence, throwing stones and firebombs at the Israeli forces.
Other Palestinians launched dragons and balloons that were fueled with fires in Israeli neighborhood communities to ignite fires.
Israel is fighting large fires with flaming dragons and Gaza fire balls that have destroyed forests, burned grain and killed wildlife and livestock.
Palestinians said they shot down an Israeli drone in central Gaza, which fired tear gas at protesters. Videos of the episode appeared, showing dozens of teenagers gathering to record the drone and sing in Arabic "God is great," while others shot with pistols in the air.
Associated Press, writer Fares Akram of Amman, Jordan, has contributed to this report.