Emergency UN General Assembly meeting on Gaza called for Wednesday


Gaza: Israeli troops fired tear gas and live bullets at Palestinians taking part in weekly protests at the Gaza Strip border with Israel on Friday, injuring at least 100 people, medics said.

There have been no Israeli casualties from the more than two months of confrontations, but Israel has lost swathes of farmland and forests on its side of the border to blazes set by coal- or fuel-laden Palestinian kites.

Israel said it was defending the frontier against crowds that threw stones and burned tyres in an attempt to cross.

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On Friday, the Gaza health official announced that at least four Palestinians, including one 15-year-old, were killed and more than 600 were injured during protests in Gaza. Of the wounded, 120 were from live fire, they said.

Israel's deadly tactics in confronting the protests have drawn worldwide condemnation.

Thousands of Palestinians gathered at several locations along the fence on Friday, calling for their right to return to lands in present-day Israel that their ancestors fled or were expelled from 70 years ago.

Israel said the demonstrations were organised by the Islamist group Hamas that controlled the Gaza Strip and denied Israel's right to exist.

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The UN General Assembly will convene for an emergency session on Wednesday regarding Gaza, where a version of a resolution vetoed last week by the United States in the Security Council condemning Israel will receive a wider vote.

Mansour said the USA veto triggered the request and that Friday's violence "adds to our argument and to the urgency of providing global protection" to Palestinian civilians.

Pictures show 23-year-old Abu Sabla with the gas-spewing canister embedded in his cheek as blood ran down his shirt, before he collapsed. Hamas leaders have threatened possible mass border breaches, raising concerns in Israel that communities near Gaza might be at risk.

Although the stadium that was slated to host the match is in west Jerusalem, Mr Rajoub had complained that it is in a neighbourhood built on the site of a former Palestinian village destroyed during the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948.

Israel Defense Forces had issued warnings on leaflets throughout Gaza and on Twitter, warning civilians to stay away from the fence. They pledged to continue raising voice for rights of oppressed Palestinians and rejecting nefarious designs of Israel and U.S. against people in various parts of the world including Palestine. Israel and Hamas, which seeks Israel's destruction, have fought three cross-border wars since 2008.

Two million Palestinians have sunk into poverty as Israel and Egypt, citing security needs, clamped down on Gaza's borders.

Israel has long refused to admit Palestinian refugees, saying they belong in a future Palestinian state.