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Media watchdog accuses Israel of 'deliberate shooting' of journalists in Gaza

Fifty-one Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza so far this year, including Iyad Zabarka, a 30-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel who was shot dead by soldiers in the West Bank while fleeing the scene after he reportedly crashed a stolen vehicle during a chase with a private security company on Tuesday.

At least 491 people were also wounded by Israeli gunfire, the ministry said, as thousands of protesters approached the border fence around Gaza for a second Friday in a row, burning tyres and hurling stones at Israeli forces.

The Committee to Protect Journalists put out an advisory to reporters covering Friday's protests, after 10 Palestinian journalists were injured during protests on 30 March.

Drawing some worldwide criticism for its use of live fire, Israel said it is doing what is necessary to stop violent protesters from damaging or breaching its fence with the coastal enclave.

The UN human rights office said on Friday that there were indications of Israeli forces using "excessive force" against protesters last week, when 21 Palestinians were killed or died later of their wounds amid clashes near the border.

Palestinian media reported that a tank had fired shells at the men.

Twenty nine Palestinians - many of them members of Gaza terror groups - have been killed since the riots began on March 30 along the frontier of the Gaza Strip.

German court orders Catalan ex-leader's release on bail
The court has been considering what to do about a Spanish extradition request for Mr Puigdemont for more than a week. Sanchez said in a letter from a Madrid jail published Thursday that he was ready to try again to be elected.

Hundreds of protesters suffered other injuries, including tear gas inhalation.

The European Union on Saturday issued a statement saying Friday's violence "raises serious questions about the proportionate use of force which must be addressed". In 2017, Shai Masot, a political officer at the Israeli embassy, was caught on film offering to help "take down" Alan Duncan MP, a well-known supporter of Palestinian rights. IDF snipers killed 18 Arabs who were spotted trying to breach the fence and infiltrate Israel.

Unemployment stands at 50 percent and there are recurrent shortages of power and medical supplies.

No Israelis were injured on either day and the latest deaths have sparked fresh calls for an investigation.

Tension has grown across the Palestinian territories since December 6 when U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Palestinians evacuate mortally wounded Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, 31, during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border.

Five Israelis - three settlers and two soldiers - were killed by Palestinians in the West Bank during the same period.

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