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Palestinians gather for more protests along Gaza border

Saeb Erekat

Gaza: A Palestinian man died on Thursday from gunshot wounds he sustained during last week's protests along the Gaza-Israeli border fence, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

The Israeli army's use of live fire during the protests has drawn worldwide criticism and calls for an independent probe - which Israel has rejected. The army confirmed the drone losses.

Two-thirds of Gaza's 2 million Palestinians are war refugees or their descendants.

The death of Anas Abu Aser brings the toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces' fire, since protests and clashes along the Gaza border began, to 49, with hundreds of others wounded from gunfire.

Israel rules that out, concerned it would lose its Jewish majority. "No one will deceive us and we will not fall into the illusion that the United States can have any balanced ideas that could lead to the achievement of a real and just peace".

Israel says the protests have been organized by Hamas - an Islamist group that controls Gaza and is sworn to Israel's destruction - to provide cover for attacks, and that most of the dead were militants.

Palestinian protesters have gathered along the Gaza-Israel for the sixth successive week.

He called for a greater political role for Japan in proportion to its important political and economic size at the worldwide level, particularly after it has voted for accepting Palestine as a non-member observer at the United Nations.

The protests take place at a time of growing frustration as prospects for an independent Palestinian state look poor.

Israel, which withdrew settlers and soldiers from Gaza in 2005 after a 38-year occupation, has expanded its settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

President Donald Trump's decision broke with decades of global consensus that the future of the disputed city should be negotiated between the parties, but Israel is hopeful other countries will follow the USA lead. "His courageous decision has encouraged us to do what is right".

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein on Friday called the loss of life deplorable and said a "staggering number" of injuries had been caused by live ammunition.