Palestinian medic killed by Israeli fire on Gaza border: health ministry

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian medic was killed by Israeli fire during clashes and protests along the Gaza border on Friday, the health ministry in the enclave said.

The death of Abdullah al-Qatati along the border in southern Gaza came amid heightened tensions, a day after a deadly flare-up between the Israeli army the territory’s Islamist rulers Hamas.

Thursday had seen extensive Israeli air strikes on Gaza in retaliation for the launching of more than 180 rockets and mortar rounds by Hamas and its allies on Wednesday night.

But an unofficial ceasefire agreement between the two foes went into effect around midnight (2100 GMT) on Thursday.

On Friday evening a few thousand Palestinians gathered along the border for weekly protests.

Qatati, who was in his 20s and a volunteer with the government medical services, was shot in the chest east of Rafah in southern Gaza, a health ministry spokesman told AFP.

He said another 25 Palestinians were hit by Israeli fire, with one in critical…

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