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Eight children under 16 among Gaza dead: Palestinian envoy to UN

AFP , Monday 14 May 2018
Friends and relatives of Palestinian Mahmoud Abu Taima, who was killed during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, mourn during his funeral in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on May 14, 2018. Palestinians followed through with their vow to protest massively along the Gaza border with tens of thousands demonstrating and 52 killed by Israeli fire as clashes erupted over the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. (AFP Photo)
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Israeli fire claimed the lives of eight children under the age of 16 on Monday during violent clashes on the Israel-Gaza border over the US embassy opening in Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian envoy to the UN.

"We condemn in the strongest terms these atrocities by the Israeli occupying forces, using this massive fire power against civilians who have the right to demonstrate peacefully -- and they have been demonstrating peacefully," said Ambassador Riyad Mansour.

The diplomat gave a toll of 45 Palestinian dead and more than 2,000 injured. The Gazan health ministry reported shortly afterwards that the number killed had risen to 52.

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