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Israel halts Gaza fuel deliveries as 7 Palestinians killed

Israel halts Gaza fuel deliveries as 7 Palestinians killed

Israeli soldiers on Friday opened fire at Palestinian protesters, killing five and wounding 50, according to Palestinian health officials.

Israeli soldiers have killed more than 200 Palestinians in the clashes, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, with thousands of others injured.

Haniyeh said on Saturday that Palestinians will not stop the Great March of Return protests until a decade-long Israeli blockade on Gaza is lifted completely.

It said four died along the frontier east of Al-Bureij in central Gaza, two east of Gaza City and one near Rafah in southern Gaza.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the circumstances of the incident but footage of the auto, which a Reuters cameraman said bore Palestinian license plates, showed what appeared to be a blood-stained broken brick at the foot of the passenger seat, which was covered in shattered glass and blood stains.

"The rioters are burning tires and are hurling rocks, explosive devices, firebombs and grenades at IDF troops and the security fence", according to an IDF statement.

One Israeli soldier has been killed over the same period.

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On Friday, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced suspending fuel delivery to Gaza in response to the protests, Haaretz reported.

Israeli police said on Saturday they were investigating the death of a Palestinian woman in the occupied West Bank, after her husband said he suspected Israeli settlers had pelted their vehicle with rocks.

The men subsequently approached an Israeli border post and were shot, the Israeli army said.

Addressing the unrest, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman made a decision to cut Qatari fuel shipments into the Gaza Strip in response to the mass protests.

Israel accuses Hamas of orchestrating the weekly border riots that have taken place since March to provide cover for attacks.

Qatari-bought fuel began arriving on Tuesday in a bid to alleviate the humanitarian situation in the besieged enclave and prevent any escalation in Israeli-Palestinian violence.