Israel to deduct from Palestinian funds for arson damages

The Latest: Palestinian killed trying to breach Israel fence

The Latest: Palestinian killed trying to breach Israel fence

The demonstrations have been accompanied by clashes as some protesters hurl stones at Israeli soldiers and attempt to breach the border fence, at times laying explosive devices on the fence or throwing grenades and using kites carrying cans on fire to set ablaze Israeli fields, torching extensive patches of agricultural land near Gaza.

An army statement said troops thwarted an "infiltration attempt" by "two terrorists who damaged the security fence and were armed with an axe".

There was no immediate confirmation from the health ministry in Gaza.

The latest death brings the number of Palestinians killed since then to 125.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Monday accused the media of major bias against Israel in its coverage of the recent violence on the Gaza border, telling reporters to "keep your mouths shut until you figure it out".

Protests peaked on 14 May when at least 61 people were killed as tens of thousands demonstrated ahead of Nakba Day, marking the 70th anniversary of the displacement of some 750,000 Palestinians during the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948.

Friedman said that after investigating the issue himself - "Speaking to people in the military in the State of Israel, the United States and other countries whose confidentiality I'll maintain" - he was convinced that Israel could not have used "less lethal means" to defend itself.

The video said the operation was revenge for the killing of Razan al-Najjar, a 21-year-old female medic shot dead by Israeli forces in southern Gaza on Friday.

Israel, which collects the Palestinian tax revenues on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, announced plans to compensate Israeli farmers in the Gaza area peripheries whose fields were burnt by Palestinian action.

More than two million Palestinians are packed into Gaza, a narrow coastal enclave where unemployment is high and poverty widespread.

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