Israeli defence minister calls for West Bank settlement expansion

3 Hamas militants killed, 1 Israeli soldier wounded in Gaza exchanges

Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza after troops attacked

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers shot at a group of Palestinians who rushed to the border and a bullet hit Abu Mustafa sitting about 250 meters away.

Israeli media reports said the assailant was shot by a fellow resident of the Adam settlement, which lies between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah.

For the 18th consecutive Friday, clashes broke out Friday between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers close to the border between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel amid fear of military escalation between Hamas and Israel.

"In response. artillery targeted seven military posts in Gaza belonging to the Hamas terrorist organisation". A spokesman for Hamas said in a statement the group would "not abandon its duty to defend and protect our people and to respond to aggression". At least 20,000 others are also under threat of termination after UNRWA reported over $200 million deficit following a decision by the United States, the biggest donor to UNRWA with $300 million a year, to significantly slash its annual contribution to punish the Palestinians for refusing to accept its so-called peace plan.

A Palestinian medic carries a child injured by Israeli forces on the Gaza border fence.

The last stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement was in April, when a Palestinian tried to stab an Israeli with a screwdriver near a petrol station in an industrial area connected to the Maale Adumim settlement east of Jerusalem.

That violence was ended late Friday by a UN-brokered ceasefire.

Since then the truce had largely held, though young Palestinians have continued to attach incendiary devices to kites and balloons and float them across the border.

Observers in the Gaza Strip said that Friday's rallies and protests may escalate tension between Israel and Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, amid a fragile Egyptian and worldwide brokered ceasefire deal reached last week between the two sides.

Three Palestinians were killed and almost 200 injured, including 11 children and seven women, were injured Friday by Israeli fire at a protest on Gaza border.

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