Israeli police: Palestinian who tried to stab Israeli shot

A Palestinian youth collects money and tires in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip

Beleaguered by years of rocket attacks from next-door Gaza, residents of the frontline Israeli village of Nahal Oz seemed unmoved on Sunday by Palestinian mass demonstrations at the border and Israel's deadly response to them.

The report came only two days after the fatal shooting by Israeli forces of Palestinian cameraman Yasser Murtaja at the Gaza-Israel border on Friday.

Also in Australia, almost 1,000 demonstrators joined a protest rally in Melbourn dubbed "Free Palestine" to censure Israeli regime's brutal violence - including live fire - used against Palestinian protesters in occupied territories in recent days.

"Our people have told the world that Gaza is free and will stand tall and resist the Israeli occupation".

Israel and Egypt have imposed blockades on the Gaza Strip since Hamas took power in 2007, making it increasingly hard for the group to govern.

"The investigation will work to back the troops", said an IDF officer.

But rights groups have harshly criticised Israeli soldiers' actions, and Palestinians say protesters are being shot while posing no threat to troops.

Meanwhile, it said 14 other journalists were arrested, briefly detained or were fired at by Israeli soldiers but not injured. The injured Palestinian was taken to hospital in severe condition.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Saudi and Egyptian officials had opened contacts with Hamas leaders to call for an end to the weekly protests in Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinians, including Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, attended the funeral of Murtaja in Gaza, Palestinian sources said. The protests are planned to run until May 15, a day after Israel marks the 70th anniversary of its founding.

The Israeli army has not yet commented on Murtaja's death, saying only that it had stopped several attempts to breach the border fence and had acted "in accordance with the rules of engagement".

There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties.

At the same time, the European Union justified Israel's use of force "when defending its legitimate security interests", but urged that it commit violence against Palestinians with "proportionality".

The demonstrations largely abated by Saturday, but three Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces in a small clash east of Gaza City in the afternoon, one of them seriously, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

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