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Palestinian man shot dead at Gaza-Israel border, death toll from March increases to 125

Jerusalem: A Palestinian armed with an axe was shot dead trying to breach the Gaza-Israel border on Monday, the Israeli army said.

An army statement said troops thwarted an "infiltration attempt" by "two terrorists who damaged the security fence and were armed with an axe." Soldiers "fired towards the terrorists, killing one of them," it added, without clarifying what happened to the second suspect.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

There was no immediate confirmation from the health ministry in Gaza.

Including this incident, there have been 125 deaths of Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli army in Gaza since 30 March. The vast majority have been killed during weeks of protests along the border.

Protests peaked on 14 May when at least 61 people were killed as tens of thousands approached the heavily fortified border in a demonstration coinciding with the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

On Friday, a 21-year-old female medic was shot dead in southern Gaza. No Israelis have been killed.

The Jewish state accuses Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas of using the protests as an excuse to carry out attacks.

Updated Date: Jun 04, 2018 17:11 PM

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