Gaza buries journalist Yasser Murtaja shot, killed while covering mass protests

Three Palestinian suspects breached the security fence along the Israel-Gaza border as violence continued throughout the day on Sunday.

A Palestinian man carries Iyad al-Dawahidi's prosthetic leg at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after he was shot by Israeli forces during protests along the Israel-Gaza boundary, 6 April 2018.

Also in Rafah, Israeli soldiers shot at the head of Muhammad Said Mousa al-Haj Saleh, 33, killing him.

There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties.

Drawing some global criticism for its use of live fire, Israel said it is doing what is necessary to stop violent protesters from damaging or breaching its fence with the coastal enclave.

"The Israeli authorities have told have notified us they will prevent the entry of four truckloads of rubber tires to Gaza traders tomorrow through the crossing", Gaza border official Raed Fattouh said.

Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld says the Palestinian was armed with a long screwdriver and was trying to stab the Israeli near the settlement of Mishor Adumim when another Israeli civilian drew a gun and shot the would-be attacker.

The situation escalated last week when two dozen Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured by Israeli gunfire during anti-occupation rallies on border of the Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported.

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Violence spiked again on Friday, when clashes erupted as thousands protested along the border, and nine Palestinians, including a journalist, were killed. He added that 1,354 people were wounded, including 491 by ammunition and explosives.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society has "also warned of a shortage of medical supplies and of personal protective equipment for their 400-person team deployed across Gaza".

Reporters Without Borders on Saturday accused the Israeli army of the "deliberate shooting" of journalists in Gaza after a week of bloodshed by the border.

The killings of demonstrators, including one journalist, elicited criticism from the United Nations, EU and elsewhere.

On March 30, Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians as a protest by tens of thousands led to clashes and the bloodiest day since a 2014.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the riots on the Gaza border over the last few weeks on Saturday, saying.

It remains to be seen if the European Union, which brands itself as a champion of human rights, will consider this Friday's death toll to be more "proportional" than last week.

In the West Bank political capital of Ramallah, around 50 Palestinian journalists held a vigil for Murtaja.

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