Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian on Gaza border

Israeli troops shoot dead Palestinian on Gaza border

The Gaza health ministry say that Israeli troops shot dead a teen in the border between the border and Israel

Relatives and friends of a Palestinian teenager who was killed near the border fence react as they mourn outside a hospital in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on November 29, 2019. (AFP Photo)

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teen near the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.

Fahd al-Astal, 16, died after being shot in the stomach east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, with four other Palestinians wounded, it said.

Weekly border protests along the Israeli frontier were officially cancelled Friday.

But residents said a small number of mostly young Palestinians still approached the border fence.

The Israeli army said it was looking into the incident.

Others were killed by airstrikes or tank fire.

The often violent protests are calling for Israel to ease its blockade of the Strip and for Palestinians to be allowed to return to their ancestral homes now inside Israel.

Israel accuses the coastal enclave's Islamist rulers Hamas of orchestrating them and using them as cover to carry out attacks.

Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.