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Israel Launches New Airstrikes on Gaza; Soldiers Use Live Fire on Palestinian Protesters

HeadlineAug 30, 2021

Israel launched another round of air attacks on Gaza over the weekend. The military said it struck Hamas sites in response to incendiary balloons launched from the besieged territory. Meanwhile, as protests continue in Gaza demanding an end to the Israeli blockade, Israeli forces again fired live rounds, tear gas and stun grenades at crowds Saturday, injuring at least 11 people.

In related news, Omar Hasan Abu al-Niel, a 12-year-old Palestinian child who was shot in the head by Israeli forces during a protest in Gaza last week, has died of his wounds. And in occupied Jerusalem, a 17-year-old Palestinian teen, identified as Ali Burqan, was killed this weekend when a wall collapsed on him while he was helping his neighbors, who were forced by Israeli forces to demolish their home.

Meanwhile, in the occupied West Bank, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz met today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the first high-level encounter between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a decade.

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