Three Palestinians shot, injured, including one seriously, at Gaza-Israeli borders

Three Palestinians shot, injured, including one seriously, at Gaza-Israeli borders

Three Palestinians shot, injured, including one seriously, at Gaza-Israeli borders

There was no Israeli comment on the alleged agreement.

Four Palestinians were killed on Saturday, Gaza medical officials said.

Eleven Palestinians were injured by Israeli firing during the "Confusing Nights" protests in northern and central Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported Friday.

But Saturday's rally was smaller than expected, despite concerns that the anniversary would see a major escalation.

Gaza health officials claimed three Palestinians were killed during this weekend's riots. There was also less acrid black smoke swirling around with little sign of tyre-burning, as on previous weekends.

Pompeo said the United States wanted to "broaden the debate", when asked if a peace deal would focus as in the past on establishing borders, mutual recognition and the status of Jerusalem, Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Palestinian refugees.

A Gaza hospital worker, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media, said one of the young men who died was a known member of a group that burns tires, flashes laser lights and detonates explosives near the fence at night to distract soldiers and disturb residents of nearby Israeli communities.

Protesters were marking the first anniversary of often violent weekly demonstrations in which around 200 Palestinians and an Israeli soldier have been killed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Tel Aviv is ready to wage a broad military campaign in Gaza if needed, after a two-day flareup of cross-border fighting which has left several people injured on both sides. My father is unemployed so I will be unable to go to university.

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Egyptian and global mediators fear that if Hamas fails to restrain the anniversary protests, violence could escalate into a major conflagration between the bitter enemies.

The veteran Israeli leader faces a serious challenge from a centrist party led by a former general and pressure from hawkish allies in his right-wing coalition to be tough on security.

The week before the anniversary saw a flare-up of cross-border violence after a rocket fired from Gaza wounded seven Israelis north of Tel Aviv on Monday.

Israel bolstered its forces around the enclave in advance. Tensions have since been running high on the edge of Gaza.

Pompeo repeatedly demurred when the committee's Democratic chairwoman, Nita Lowey, asked him if the Trump administration stood by the decades-old USA position in support of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

An Egyptian delegation held talks with Hamas and other factions in Gaza in meetings that stretched into the early hours of Friday, officials said.

Israel seized Gaza in a 1967 war and pulled out its troops in 2005.

Israel says the army has been defending the border.

Israel's army said around 40,000 "rioters and demonstrators" had gathered in spots throughout the border.

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