Palestinian protesters carry a wounded man during clashes with Israeli troops, on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, on June 8, 2018. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar)
GAZA, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Four Palestinian protesters were killed and 618 others were wounded by Israeli soldiers on Friday during clashes near the Israel-Gaza border, Palestinian sources said.
Ashraf al-Qedra, the health ministry spokesman in Gaza, told reporters that Zeyad al-Briem, 25, and Haytham al-Jammal, 15, were killed in east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, while Emad Darabieh, 26, was shot dead in east of Jabalia in northern Gaza.
Meanwhile, Yousef al-Faseeh, 29, was killed in east of Gaza City, al-Qedra added.
Among the injured Palestinians, 117 were hit with live gunshots, 60 with tear gas inhalation, and 77 by bullets shrapnels or tear gas canisters, said al-Qedra.
The clashes, which broke out on Friday afternoon, were part of the 11th Friday "Great March of Return" held by Palestinians in Gaza since March 30. More than 120 Palestinians have been killed so far.
The Palestinian organizers called the latest rally "the Friday of the One-million-men March for Jerusalem."
Palestinian protesters run to take cover from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during clashes, on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, on June 8, 2018. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar)
Local media reported that tens of thousands of Palestinian demonstrators joined the protests at five different spots in eastern Gaza.
Hundreds of kites carrying Molotov cocktails flown by demonstrators landed on Israeli agricultural fields and caused large fires.
Eyewitnesses said Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at journalists and TV crew in eastern Gaza. Palestinian demonstrators brought down an Israeli drone carrying a camera used to film demonstrators in eastern Gaza City.
Five journalists were injured, including AFP photographer Mohamed al-Baba, who was shot in his right foot, and a cameraman working for the al-Aqsa Radio of Hamas, who was hit with a tear gas canister in his back, the Health Ministry in Gaza said.
The ministry also accused Israeli soldiers of firing tear gas at the medical workers who were treating the injured protesters.