Middle East

Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry

A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire during clashes along the Gaza Strip border on Thursday, the health ministry in the coastal enclave said.

At least 220 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since major protests backed by the Gaza Strip's Islamist rulers Hamas began in March
At least 220 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since major protests backed by the Gaza Strip's Islamist rulers Hamas began in March (AFP)

A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire during clashes along the Gaza Strip border on Thursday, the health ministry in the coastal enclave said.

A ministry spokesman said the man, whom he did not name, was shot by Israeli forces during low-level clashes east of Deir al-Balah in central Gaza.

The Israeli army said it was looking into the incident.

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 due to tank fire or air strikes.

One Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper.

The often violent demonstrations are usually largest 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.