Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in border clashes

Palestinian protesters react to tear gas fired by Israeli forces during clashes in east of Gaza City near the Israeli border on November 2, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 08 November 2018
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Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in border clashes

  • At least 220 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since major protests backed by Gaza's rulers Hamas began in March
  • The majority have been shot during protests and clashes

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire during clashes along the border of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, the health ministry in the coastal enclave said.
Israel's military said soldiers opened fire after "several suspects were spotted approaching the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip and attempting to sabotage it."
A Gaza health ministry spokesman said the man was shot by Israeli forces during clashes east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza.
He was identified as Mohammed Abu Sharbeen, 20, from the southern Gaza city of Rafah.
At least 220 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since major protests backed by Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas began in March.
The majority have been shot during protests and clashes, but others have died in tank fire or air strikes.
One Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper.
Israel says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop infiltrations and attacks, which it accuses Hamas of seeking to orchestrate.
The often violent demonstrations usually peak on Fridays, but last week's was the calmest in months, amid talk of a truce deal between Hamas and Israel.
Such a deal would see the protests end in exchange for an easing of Israel's blockade of the coastal enclave.


Pompeo: Hezbollah stands in the way of Lebanese people’s dreams

Updated 11 min 55 sec ago
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Pompeo: Hezbollah stands in the way of Lebanese people’s dreams

BEIRUT: Hezbollah stands in the way of Lebanese people’s dreams and defies the state, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a press conference on Friday.  

He addded that the group puts Lebanon on the front lines of Iran’s proxy campaigns, and that it will take courage for Lebanon to stand up to Hezbollah’s criminality, terror and threats. 

Top US diplomat Mike Pompeo warned on Friday of Shiite militant group Hezbollah's "destabilising activities" as he visited Lebanon on a regional tour to build a united front against Iran.
He flew in from Israel a day after he became the first high-ranking American official to visit the Western Wall in annexed east Jerusalem with an Israeli prime minister.
His visit also came just hours after US President Donald Trump said Washington should recognise Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, breaking with the policy of successive administrations as well as UN Security Council resolutions.