Israeli forces kill five Palestinians in Gaza
Tehran, Israeli forces have fired live bullets and rubber-coated steel rounds at Palestinians protesting along the fence of Israel, killing at least five of them and wounding a further 170, according to medical officials.
The death and injury toll was provided by Ashraf al-Qifra, spokesperson for the health ministry in Gaza, Al-Jazeera reported.
Four of the five people killed were identified as Ayesh Sha'th, 23, Saeed Abu Lebdeh, 22, Nassar Abu Taym, 23 and Mohammad Abdul-Nabi, 27, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
Some of those wounded were taken to hospital for treatment, while others got medical assistance in the field clinics along the border.
For more than six months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have protested along the fence with Israel demanding their right to return to the homes and land their families were expelled from 70 years ago.
The Great March of Return rallies culminated on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or Catastrophe - a reference to the forced removal of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages to clear the way for Israel's establishment in 1948.
The mass Friday demonstrations have continued since.
Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 210 Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave and wounded more than 18,000 people, according to health officials in Gaza.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA