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Media silent as 7 Palestinians shot by Israel in Gaza


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Seven Palestinians were shot and wounded by Israeli fire in Gaza Friday, the health ministry in the enclave said, in the quietest weekly border protests there since they began in March.

Reports Thursday suggested Egypt had brokered a deal that would see Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas end the months of often violent demonstrations in exchange for a loosening of Israel’s crippling blockade on the strip.

At least 218 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since protests began on March 30.

The protests went ahead on Friday but local media suggested Hamas was keen to keep them calm to ensure goodwill with mediators Egypt and the United Nations.

Thousands again gathered in several sites across the border Friday but largely stayed away from the barrier, AFP correspondents said.

At a demonstration east of Gaza City, Hamas security personnel were seen preventing protesters from getting too close to the fence.

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Unlike previous protests, demonstrators did not fly kites with attached incendiary devices across the border to set fire to Israeli farmland, while few tyres were burned, the correspondents said.

The previous week’s demonstrations saw seven Palestinians killed and a further 180 others wounded by Israeli fire during fierce clashes, according to the ministry.

At least 218 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since protests began on March 30.

One Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper.

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