Palestinian killed trying to breach Israel fence

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man armed with an axe who tried to breach the Gaza border fence on Monday, the Israeli army said.

Earlier on Saturday, the IDF said troops opened fire at Palestinians crossing into Israeli territory from Gaza who were trying to damage "security infrastructure" inside Israel.

Emphasizing that the Israeli violations against journalists increased in May, it added: "Nine of the journalists were hit by live ammunition, eight with explosive bullet shrapnel, 17 with gas bombs directly fired towards them, while 21 others barely escaped suffocating and fainted". The military said they had damaged the fence and were carrying an axe.

The death comes as Palestinians in Gaza have staged weekly protests since late March against an 11-year-old Israeli-Egyptian blockade. It also urged the United Nations and other global organizations to "investigate Israeli crimes and to prosecute those responsible and hold them accountable for their crimes".

But the Palestinians are not happy that the match will be held in Jerusalem and the Palestine FA chief Jibril Rajoub wrote to Claudio Tapia, the head of the Argentinian FA, last week accusing Israel of using the match as a "political tool".

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In a statement, the Israeli army blamed Hamas, the group governing Gaza, of "activities" that took place in the strip over the weekend, referencing the demonstration that had taken place near the fence with Israel.

Approximately 120 Palestinians have been killed during riots and clashes along the Gaza border, according to the Hamas-run health ministry in the Strip.

The vast majority have been killed during weeks of protests along the border, while a few were killed while allegedly carrying out attacks or in Israeli air strikes.

More than 2 million Palestinians are packed into Gaza, a narrow coastal enclave where unemployment is high and poverty widespread.

Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza on its border.

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