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Israel kills five Palestinians in occupied Quds and Gaza

Israeli police opened fire on Tuesday at a Palestinian near Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem and killed him, according to witnesses and the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The ministry said Israel informed the Palestinian Coordinating Office that the Palestinian was killed but he was not identified.
Israel claimed the Palestinian, identified only as 17 years old from the West Bank, attempted to attack an Israeli in an area known as Musrara, just outside Damascus Gate, and then ran away before he was shot.
Witnesses, however, rejected the Israeli story and said that the Palestinian was not armed and did not attack the Israeli but that an argument occurred between them and when police intervened on behalf of the Israeli, the Palestinian tried to get away and was gunned down.
They said police opened a barrage of gunfire at him and that he was seen motionless on the ground.
Police closed off the area and kept people away, preventing Palestinian medics from reaching him, said the witnesses.
Police also stopped and harassed young Palestinians who were in the area and closed Damascus Gate, one of the main gates to Jerusalem’s Old City.
Police have intensified their presence in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday, the eve of the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday.
Two Palestinians were killed and more than 30 were injured on Tuesday when Israeli forces opened fire at protesters near the northern Gaza Beit Hanoun/Erez border crossing with Israel, according to medical sources.
They said Red Crescent ambulances retrieved bodies of two Palestinians who were shot in the head and chest and were able to identify one of them as Mohammad Abu Naji, 34. The second was not immediately identified.
Hundreds of Palestinians have been protesting near the border crossing against US cut in aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and demanding an end to the 12-year-long Israeli blockade on Gaza.
Israeli forces near the border opened live fire at the protesters killing two and injuring over 30 others, said the medical sources.
Two other Palestinians were killed early Tuesday in an Israeli air strike on Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip.
The two were totally dismembered in the strike making it difficult to identify them for several hours. However, they were later identified as the cousins Naji Jamil Abu Assi, 18, and Alaa Ziad Abu Assi, 21.
Israel said it hit them with a missile after they came close to the border fence.

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