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Palestinians Clash With Israeli Troops Along Gaza Border

  • Protesters burn mounds of tires to obscure snipers’ vision
  • Seven Palestinians killed as 20,000 people protest near fence
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At least seven Palestinians were killed as thousands of Gazans gathered to protest near the border with Israel for a second straight Friday, clashing with soldiers amid thick clouds of smoke from burning tires.

Hamas, the militant group that rules the impoverished coastal strip, called on protesters to turn out in larger numbers than last week, when Israeli forces shot dead 16 Palestinians in Gaza’s bloodiest day since a 2014 war. This time, protesters sought to thwart Israeli snipers by burning mounds of tires and using mirrors to reflect the sun’s rays into soldiers’ eyes, as some pelted soldiers with rocks and firebombs. The Israeli army said it used water cannons to put out fires, a giant fan to dispel the tire smoke and live rounds against people who tried to breach the fence.