GAZA (Good Medical) – Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian woman at a border protest with Gaza on Friday, doctors said, and the army said it opened fire in response to attacks on Gaza. pomegranate and stone and breaches at the border.

Ashraf Al-Qidra, a spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, said 25 other Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire during the mass demonstration, a weekly border event on 30 March.

An Israeli army spokesman said the troops had clashed with about 13,000 Palestinians, some of whom had thrown stones and grenades across the fenced border. On three occasions, Palestinians entered Israel before doubling, he said.

The Gaza Ministry of Health, led by the Islamist group Hamas, said more than 220 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops during the demonstrations, accused of pushing for the lifting of the ruthless blockade of the enclave. led by Israel.

The 44-year-old woman killed on Friday was shot in the head, Gaza doctors said.

Palestinians also want a right of return on the land from which their families fled or were forced to flee during the 1948 Israeli war.

Israel claims that the demonstrations are organized by Hamas to hijack its governance problems and to cover cross-border attacks. Hamas denies it.

On Friday, two Egyptian security officials left the territory after meeting with leaders of Hamas and other factions. Participants said they discussed Cairo's efforts to reconcile Hamas with rival Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and to reduce border tensions.

A Palestinian official said the message from Egypt was that Israel was not seeking any escalation.

"The factions here are also determined to calm down as long as the Israeli occupation complies," the official told Good Medical.

In the occupied West Bank of Israel, where Abbas exercises some control, the army said the troops had fired at a Palestinian who had attempted to commit a stabbing attack near a Jewish settlement. . The Palestinian was arrested and taken for medical treatment.

(Written by Nidal Almughrabi, edited by John Stonestreet)