Israeli forces on Friday killed six Palestinians, including two boys aged 12 and 14, along the Gaza border, the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled strip said.
Nasser Mosabih, 12, was shot in the head along the frontier east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP, on what was one of the bloodiest days since protests began on March 30.
Fourteen-year-old Mohammed al-Houm, was shot dead “by live ammunition from the (Israeli) occupation forces” east of Al-Bureij in central Gaza, Qudra said.
Four adult men were also killed along the border, with a further 210 people hospitalised, the spokesman added.
The Israeli army said some 20,000 “rioters” had gathered at multiple sites along the border.
It claimed the protestors hurled “grenades and explosive devices in several different locations”.
The army declined to comment on the reported deaths.