Two Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire in the protests north of Gaza

GAZA, Two Palestinians were killed and more than 30 were injured on Tuesday when Israeli forces opened fire at protesters near the northern Gaza Beit Hanoun/Erez border crossing with Israel, according to medical sources.

They said Red Crescent ambulances retrieved bodies of two Palestinians who were shot in the head and chest and were able to identify one of them as Mohammad Abu Naji, 34. The second was not immediately identified.

Hundreds of Palestinians have been protesting near the border crossing against US cut in aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and demanding an end to the 12-year-long Israeli blockade on Gaza.

Israeli forces near the border opened live fire at the protesters killing two and injuring over 30 others, said the medical sources.

Two other Palestinians were killed early Tuesday in an Israeli air strike on Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip.

The two were totally dismembered in the strike making it difficult to identify them for several hours. However, they were later identified as the cousins Naji Jamil Abu Assi, 18, and Alaa Ziad Abu Assi, 21.

Israel said it hit them with a missile after they came close to the border fence.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency