Four Palestinians killed in blast near Gaza-Israel border

Killing of Palestinian journalist protested in Istanbul

Martyrs in Gaza Resist Israel's 'Flagrant Violations of International Law' (Audio)

The numbers of protesters were smaller than in previous weeks, though still substantial and with Gaza's health ministry reporting dozens more Palestinians wounded and one killed by Israeli gunfire.

His death marked the 32nd Palestinian killed during the Great March of Return protests since they began on March 30th.

That is the day Palestinians will mark the 70th anniversary of the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe", when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced amid violence culminating in war between newly created Israel and its Arab neighbours in May 1948.

Critics argue that Hamas' refusal to disarm is a key reason for the continued blockade.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week visited Sderot, an Israeli community near Gaza, and said Israel's top priority is its security. The Palestinian enclave is ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement, designated by Israel and the West as a terrorist group.

On the third Friday of the mass return marches, women threw stones at Israeli soldiers while others raised the Palestinian flag along the fence.

It has pledged to stop attacks, damage to the fence and infiltration bids, and says there have been attempts at all three.

Baby boy is born four years after the death of his parents
A 27-year-old Laotian was chosen since the surrogate, and health practitioners at a hospital in Laos implanted two of the embryos. Days before doctors were set to transfer one of the embryos into Liu, the couple died in a auto crash in Jiangsu.

Conricus said on Friday (Saturday NZT) that the military is trying to minimise Palestinian casualties, but hadn't changed open-fire regulations.

In a statement, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said the four were killed east of Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip.

The ministry said 419 of them were moved to hospitals and medical centers, and 550 received treatment in field clinics and makeshift hospitals near border areas.

LONDON • Russia was spying on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia for at least five years before they were poisoned with a nerve agent, Britain's National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill said in a letter to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation released yesterday.

Yair Lapid, the leader of Israel's centrist Yesh Atid party, called Hamas a "despicable terror organization" and accused it of exploiting civilians.

Human rights groups have said soldiers can only use lethal force if they face an apparent imminent threat to their lives.

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