Palestinians prepare for more mass protests

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One Palestinian was killed and hundreds were injured in confrontations with Israeli soldiers at multiple spots along Gaza's border with Israel following a third consecutive Friday of protests dubbed "Burning Flag Friday", in reference to the Israeli blue and white flag.

The explosion struck a three-wheeled vehicle near one of the five protest camps Palestinians have set up along the volatile Gaza-Israel border in recent weeks.

A 28-year-old Palestinian man died on Friday evening after succumbing to wounds sustained earlier in the day, when he was shot in the stomach by Israeli forces during the ongoing "Great March of Return" across the eastern border of the Gaza Strip.

The Centre pointed out that the Israeli army had used deadly force against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip "in a blatant violation of worldwide law, and killed many people".

The April 13 riots featured protesters burning tires - which they had done the week prior - in addition to Israeli and American flags. At the entrance, organizers had laid a large Israeli flag on the ground for protesters to step on.

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Israeli snipers have shot protesters that the Israeli military said had approached the border fence.

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The army added that Israel will not allow any harm to security infrastructure that protects Israeli civilians, and will act against violent rioters who threaten to damage it. "An order to open live fire at unarmed protesters is manifestly unlawful", it said.

The group has been criticised in Israel for publishing often anonymous testimony by current or former Israeli soldiers who have misgivings about their military service and treatment of Palestinians.

In the northern Gaza Strip, Sumaya Abu Awad, 36, attended the protest with her three daughters and son.