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Thousands of Palestinians attend funeral of 11-year-old boy killed by Israeli forces

GAZA CITY: Thousands of Palestinians on Saturday attended the funeral of the 11-year-old son of a Hamas military commander killed by Israeli fire in the southern Gaza Strip, with mourners demanding revenge. Yasser Abu al-Naja, whose father is a member of Hamas's military wing, was shot in the head on Friday in border clashes near the southern city of Khan Yunis. Senior members of Hamas, which rules the blockaded Gaza Strip, and commanders of its Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades attended the funeral. "Yasser's martyrdom…

Israeli forces kill seven Palestinian protesters on Gaza border: Gaza medics

GAZA: At least seven Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured by Israeli security forces confronting one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border in recent years, Gaza medical officials said. One of the dead was aged 16 and most of the casualties were struck by gunfire, according to Palestinian medics who estimated the number of wounded at around 500 by mid-afternoon. The Israeli military said that its troops had used “riot dispersal means and firing towards main instigators” and that…

Gaza ceasefire holding on second day

GAZA/JERUSALEM: A Gaza ceasefire was holding on Wednesday and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, echoing Israel's position, linked a lifting of blockades of the devastated enclave to Hamas giving up its rocket arsenal.