Four Palestinian militants dead in Gaza blast

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As of 19:00 today, 13 April, one Palestinian has been killed and 969, including 67 children, have been injured by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Gaza. This statement was submitted to the Israeli Supreme Court, in response to a petition by two injured Palestinians, who were denied passage to a Ramallah hospital, reportedly leading to the amputation of limbs.

Israel says it is doing what it must to defend its border, and to stop any of the protesters getting across the fence. It has said some of those at the border tried to damage the fence, planted explosives or hurled firebombs.

Other women managed to carry rubber tires and transport them to demonstrators who burned them to obstruct the vision of Israeli soldiers to avoid more casualties among protestors.

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.

"We want to live like everyone else in the world", he said.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh this week renewed a pledge that the marches would pave the way for a return of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to what is now Israel.

The person died after he was transferred to receive treatment shortly after he was shot during a protest that is part of the Great March of Return.

Rights groups have branded the Israeli military's open-fire regulations as unlawful, saying they permit soldiers to use potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters.

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

The Israeli army said that about 10,000 Palestinians protested on Friday along the Gaza border.

The explosions comes a day after a third Friday of protests along the Gaza-Israel border.

"Joining such protests brings us closer to returning to our homes that we were forced to leave", she said, holding stones in her hand.

However, former Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel Danny Ayalon insists no unarmed protesters have been shot.

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

The official end date of the protests is May 15, when Palestinians mark the Nakba, or "catastrophe", commemorating the more than 700,000 who fled or were expelled during the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

Egypt, battling an Islamist insurgency in neighboring Sinai, keeps its border with Gaza largely closed. An Israeli military spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

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