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Israeli killings on, 2 more shot dead
February 09, 2019
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GAZA: Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian teenagers including a 14-year-old boy during Gaza border protests on Friday, Palestinian health officials said.

Palestinians have been staging weekly protests since last March at the border of Gaza, an enclave controlled by Hamas.

Gaza health officials said one of the youths shot dead on Friday was 18 and the other 14.

The enclave’s health ministry says more than 220 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops at the protests.

Meanwhile, a senior US official said that Palestinian officials have been invited to a US conference on the Middle East hosted by Poland next week where White House senior adviser Jared Kushner will discuss plans for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis.

The senior administration official told reporters the event was “not a negotiation but a discussion” on Middle East peace.

Gaza is home to 2 million Palestinians, nearly all of them the stateless descendents of people who fled or were driven out of Israel on its founding in 1948. Palestinians say the weekly protests are led by civil society groups demanding an easing of the blockade and recognitition of their right to return to homes in Israel.

Reuters

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