One Palestinian killed and hundreds injured in Gaza clashes

"I am here today to raise high the Palestinian flag, and burn the Israeli flag".

In the first Friday of protests two weeks ago, Gazan refugees marched for the right of return to their homes in what is now Israel. Amnesty International demanded Friday that Israel "put an immediate end to the excessive and lethal force being used to suppress Palestinian demonstrations in Gaza". Israel claimed protesters had repeatedly tried to damage the border fence by hurling explosives and firebombs.

In all, 34 Palestinians were killed in the past two weeks, 27 during protests.

The Israeli military estimates that about 10,000 Palestinians participated in the latest round of weekly protests on the Gaza-Israel border and says it's a significantly lower turnout than in previous rallies in the past two weeks. Smaller groups moved closer to the fence, burning Israeli flags, throwing stones and torching tires.

"Instructing snipers to shoot to kill unarmed demonstrators who pose no danger to human life is another product of the occupation and military rule over millions of Palestinian people, as well as of our country's callous leadership, and derailed moral path", it said.

Israel has accused Hamas, which governs Gaza, and with whom Israel has fought three wars since 2008, of using the protests to incite violence.

The protests began as a plan to peacefully gather near the border, an idea that has since been supported by Hamas and other political parties.

Many protesters left for midday prayers but larger numbers are expected to gather in five spots along the border on Friday afternoon.

"The Israeli authorities must respect the Palestinians' right to peaceful protest and, in the event that there is violence, use only the force necessary to address it".

The troops responded with tear gas and live fire.

Mohammed al-Hajjar, a Palestinian photographer for the news website Middle East Eye, was lightly injured by a live round that grazed his right arm while he was covering protests east of Gaza city, according to his employer, the PJS, and news reports.

On Friday, hundreds flocked to one of five camps near Gaza City, stepping on a large Israeli flag laid out on the ground at the entrance.

701 Palestinians injured by army fire in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli rights group B'Tselem said that open-fire policy must not be dictated by worst case scenarios, such as a feared mass breach of the border.

Denouncing Israel's "horrifying use of live ammunition against unarmed protesters", Mughrabi also noted that "under worldwide law, lethal force can only be used when unavoidable to protect against imminent threats to life".

Hanan Ahsrawi, a member of the Palestinian Labor Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, slammed Israel's use of live-fire in a statement last week.

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