Israel's use of live ammunition has drawn condemnation from human rights groups, which say it is illegal under worldwide law.

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.

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

Meanwhile, demonstrations continued throughout the day as hundreds of Palestinians set tires ablaze along the Gaza-Israel border fence in order to confuse Israeli Army snipers and impede visibility.

According to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, three Palestinian men have been killed and 200 injured as of Friday afternoon.

The exact number of deaths is not entirely clear; the Palestinian Health Ministry says at least eight were killed.

It said there were attempts to damage the fence and infiltrate Israel, while alleging there was also an attempted gun attack against soldiers along the border.

Greater than 30 Palestinians have been killed and a whole lot extra wounded by Israeli hearth in mass protests on Friday and the earlier week.

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Yet that was all undone by the scandal involving a close confidant and bribery , extortion and other allegations . Many protesters sat or lay in the road crying, while others formed a protest rally calling for her release.

Hamas, a militant group sworn to Israel's destruction, gained legislative elections the next 12 months and in 2007 seized management of Gaza from the internationally acknowledged Palestinian Authority, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel has come under mounting criticism for shooting dead unarmed Palestinian civilians protesting peacefully.

There were no immediate reports of Palestinian casualties.

"Concerning rules of engagement, soldiers treat any activity putting Israel's security in danger as terrorist acts", he said.

AIDA, a network of more than 70 non-government organizations operating in the Palestinians territories, condemned Saturday what they called "the unlawful killing of civilians" Friday. Hundreds more suffered other injuries, including tear gas inhalation, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian representative in Washington warned Friday that the situation in Gaza was explosive and that the region can not afford to wait for the promised new United States peace plan.

"If they are actively attacking the fence, if they are throwing a molotov cocktail that is within striking distance of Israeli troops or similar activities, then those persons, those rioters, become, may become, a target", said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus.

Photos showed demonstrators running from tear gas fired by Israeli forces.

Hana Awad, his colleague and close friend, said he had long dreamt of traveling and was recently granted an Al Jazeera scholarship for training in Doha.


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