Palestinian teen killed by Israeli fire

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A teenager was killed and dozens of other Palestinians wounded by Israeli fire at a border protest, Gaza officials said Friday, as efforts by Egypt to mediate a possible ceasefire between the territory’s Hamas rulers and Israel appear to have stalled.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said a 17-year-old was killed and 45 others were wounded by Israeli fire at Friday’s protest. Separately, it said a 19-year-old died of wounds sustained weeks earlier.

Israel’s military said it struck a Hamas observation post after Palestinians threw a grenade at its forces. Palestinians also threw firebombs and rolled burning tires at soldiers stationed along the border, it said.

Thick black smoke hung in the air from tires the protesters set ablaze. Israeli soldiers perched on high earthen berms behind the border fence hit several protesters in their legs. Some protesters burnt effigies of U.S President Donald Trump. Showers of tear gas were launched at the protesters from a drone and cannons mounted over military jeeps.