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Israeli troops fire teargas at Palestinians during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel.

According to sources from the Ministry of Health of Gaza, among the injured were civilians who were wounded by Israeli soldiers, as well as people with symptoms of suffocation due to tear gas inhalation.

The heavy shooting of bullets and tear gas by Israeli army did not prevent women demonstrators from joining the weekly rallies in border areas. Land Day is held in remembrance of an incident in which Israeli forces fatally shot six Palestinians on March 30, 1976, as the Palestinians were protesting Israeli land seizures.

Dozens of Israeli flags were burned, as were photos of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, seen by protesters as cooperating with Israel.

In the camp, 37-year-old construction worker Omar Hamada said he is protesting to draw world attention to Gaza and get the border reopened.

"Medical teams are still searching the area", he said.

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"Contrary to reports now circulating I can tell you that the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) is not aware of any IDF fire in the area surrounding Rafah", the spokesman said. The Palestinian enclave is ruled by the Islamist Hamas movement, designated by Israel and the West as a terrorist group. We also urge Israeli soldiers to refrain from shooting live ammunition at unarmed Palestinian protesters from hundreds of meters away, across the fence separating the two territories.

Israel claimed he was a paid member of Hamas, but produced no evidence.

The Israeli rights group B'Tselem said Friday that open-fire policy must not be dictated by worst case scenarios, such as a feared mass breach of the border. "Palestinian women are always at the forefront", she said proudly.

The group has been criticized in Israel for publishing often anonymous testimony by current or former Israeli soldiers who have misgivings about their military service and treatment of Palestinians.

The five ex-snipers in the statement were identified by name.

In the northern Gaza Strip, Sumaya Abu Awad, 36, attended the protest with her three daughters and son.