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The United Nations envoy for Middle East peace on Saturday condemns the death of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy who the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said was killed during weekly clashes on the border.

“Yesterday’s killing of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy by Israeli fire in Gaza is shocking and tragic,” Nickolay Mladenov wrote in a post on his social media accounts.

“Children are not a target! Too many lives have been lost,” he added. “It’s time for this to stop.”

The Gaza health ministry identified the 12-year-old on Friday as Majdi Al-Satra. It said he was shot during confrontations with Israeli troops east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah.

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The Israel Defense Forces declined a request to comment on the boy’s death.

Palestinians take part in clashes with Israeli troops along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Gaza City on July 27, 2018. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)

The ministry said 43-year-old Ghazi Abu Mustafa was also killed Friday when he was shot in the head during clashes east of Khan Younis. Additionally, the ministry said 17-year-old Mohmen al-Hams died on Saturday of a gunshot wound to the chest from the day before.

According the ministry’s figures, 157 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the mass “March of Return” protests on March 30. Israel has accused Hamas of using the clashes to attempt to breach the border fence and carry out attacks, and the terror group has acknowledged many of those killed were its members.

Some 7,000 Gazans took part in Friday’s riots at several locations along the border, according to the IDF. In addition to hurling rocks and burning tires, protestors attacked troops with pipe bombs, a Molotov cocktail and a grenade. None managed to clear the fence, and fell in Gazan territory.
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