AP September 28, 2018, 1:38 PM 3 Palestinians, including teen, killed by Israeli fire during protests

A Palestinian demonstrator pulls a burning tire during a protest calling for lifting the Israeli blockade on Gaza and demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border fence east of Gaza City, September 28, 2018.


GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Thousands of Palestinians protested along the Israel-Gaza border fence Friday, burning tires and hurling rocks toward Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas and gunfire. Three Palestinians, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed by Israeli fire, Gaza's Health Ministry said.

Seventy-five others were wounded, the ministry.

The Israeli military said it carried out an airstrike after protesters hurled grenades and explosives at soldiers.

Gaza's Hamas rulers have staged weekly protest marches for months, pressing for an end to a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade.

The Islamist militant group seized Gaza from the Palestinian Authority by force in 2007.

Since March, 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops during the protests, and a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier.