Gaza rioters
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A 16-year-old Palestinian Arab was killed on Friday by Israeli fire during border protests and clashes east of Gaza City, the Hamas-run “health ministry” said.

A spokesman for the ministry told AFP that the teen was "hit in the neck by a bullet (fired) by Israeli soldiers".

The IDF said around 8,000 Palestinian Arabs had gathered along the border, burning tires and launching towards soldiers an incendiary device, which did not reach the troops.

The IDF had opened fire "according to operational procedures" in place, it added.

Since March 30, Gaza Arabs have held weekly riots along the border, dubbed the “March of the Return”.

The violent border riots in the past included Gazans attempting to infiltrate into Israel, as well as using kites and balloons with explosives attached in order to set fire to Israeli property.

In recent weeks, the protests have not been as violent as they had been when they started, but are still taking place.

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