A Palestinian protester in Gaza crawls to help a comrade during clashes with Israeli forces across the border, following a demonstration calling for the right to return. AFP / MOHAMMED ABED
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Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians on the Gaza-Israel border Friday, bringing the death toll to at least 39 among Palestinians protesters demanding the right to return to their former homeland. Gazans used catapults and sling-shots to launch stones at Israeli forces, and some Palestinians brought wire-cutters to cut through the border fence, ignoring leaflets dropped by the Israeli military warning them not to approach the frontier.The protest began on March 30, and has seen tent encampments spring up near the Israeli-imposed restricted zone along the 40-kilometer border fence.Israel's use of live fire has drawn international criticism but the Israeli government says it is protecting its borders and takes such action when protesters come too close to the border fence.
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