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Palestinian UN envoy: 8 Gaza fatalities under 16 years old

Israeli fire claimed the lives of eight Palestinian youths under the age of 16 on Monday, during violent clashes on the Israel-Gaza border, according to the Palestinian envoy to the UN.

“We condemn in the strongest terms these atrocities by the Israeli occupying forces, using this massive fire power against civilians who have the right to demonstrate peacefully — and they have been demonstrating peacefully,” says Ambassador Riyad Mansour.

The diplomat gave a toll of 45 Palestinian dead and more than 2,000 injured. The Gazan health ministry reported shortly afterward that the number killed had risen to 52.

Israeli security forces said they were responding to a deliberate attempt to overwhelm and breach the boundary fence to launch terror attacks in Israel.

AFP, Times of Israel staff

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