Israeli forces kill at least six Palestinians in Gaza

But a spokesman for the Palestinian health ministry said seven Palestinian men were killed as thousands of protesters approached the heavily-guarded Israeli border.

In Gaza, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians on Friday, including two teenage boys.

The deaths occurred during Friday protests, which often turn violent, along the fence separating Israel and the Gaza Strip. According to the Israeli military, all of the terrorists were killed.

Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Gaza's ruling Hamas group, attended a funeral Saturday, pledging to keep up the near-weekly protests along the security fence with Israel until a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade is lifted.

Qatari-bought fuel began arriving on Tuesday in a bid to alleviate the humanitarian situation in the besieged enclave and prevent any escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence.

The Israeli activists created a memorial by hanging pictures on the fence of Palestinian protestors executed by the Israeli army during the Great March of Return in previous months. Israeli soldiers opened fire and killed four of them.

The Israeli army said five were shot dead after breaking through the border fence and attacking an army post. Palestinian protesters demand the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.

In addition, 10 fires broke out in southern Israel which were started by incendiary balloons launched over the border from Gaza, according to The Times of Israel.

The extremist settlers in the West Bank are carrying out acts attacks on Palestinian citizens, especially in the surrounding villages of Nablus recently, under the eyes and sight Israeli occupation forces, who do not move to prevent or arrest them.

Israel accuses Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests to provide cover for attacks.

A Palestinian protester slings stones toward Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

Vanessa Coleman

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