Israeli forces killed three Palestinians including a 12-year-old boy at a protest along the Israel-Gaza border on Friday and wounded at least 126 others, Palestinian officials said.
The Israeli army said it was defending against members of the crowd who were throwing grenades and explosives at its soldiers.
Thousands of Palestinians had gathered for a weekly protest near Israel’s border fence with the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by the Islamist group Hamas.
Gaza’s Health Ministry said a 12-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man were shot dead by Israeli forces. At least 126 others were wounded by bullets, it said.
Israel’s military said in a statement that some Palestinians were “throwing explosive devices and grenades, rolling burning tires and hurling rocks” at its soldiers and the border fence. Some crossed the fence to throw grenades on Israeli territory before returning to the Gaza Strip, it said.