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Palestinians cross border into Israel before backtracking under fire

The Israeli army on Saturday denied deliberately targeting a Palestinian journalist who was shot dead while covering mass protests on Friday near the border between the southern Gaza Strip and Israel.

Around 16 Palestinians were killed and hundred others injured during the clashes with Israeli occupation forces near the eastern borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

The Palestinian Maan News Agency published Sunday a video for a Palestinian woman reportedly shot by an Israeli sniper in Eastern Gaza.

There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties.

Israel says it has only opened fire when necessary to stop damage to the border fence, infiltrations and attempted attacks.

"The circumstances in which journalists were allegedly hit by Israeli Defence Force fire are not familiar to the IDF, and are being looked into", it said in a statement.

It added that the army "will not allow the region to become a combat zone" and that it viewed the incident with "great severity".

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.

A Palestinian man has succumbed to wounds he sustained due to Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank last week, according to his brother.

Government-run hospitals in Gaza "were overwhelmed by the number of injuries, with urgent needs reported for anesthesia and other essentials", the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated on Friday.

A Palestinian farmer was also killed last week the before dawn on Friday, March 30th, the first day of the massive demonstration.

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

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society, which has established five advanced medical posts near various protest sites, also warned of a shortage of medical supplies and of personal protective equipment for their 400-person team.

On Saturday, the European Union questioned Israel's "use of force" against the Gazans, calling for "restraint" in the besieged enclave.

Israel has no official death toll figures.

The IDF said it thwarted multiple efforts on Friday to breach the border fence - and that it used live fire to do so in some instances - as well as attempts to activate bombs against the troops under the cover of smoke from the protests.