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Sixteen Palestinians killed, hundreds injured in deadly Israel-Palestine border clash

UN Security Council holds emergency meeting

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UNGAZA CITY — At least 16 Palestinians were killed and hundreds others injured after clashes with Israeli security forces, one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border in recent years, medical officials in Gaza have said.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians, pressing for a right of return for refugees to what is now Israel, gathered at five locations along the fenced 65 kilometre frontier where tents were erected for a planned six-week protest, local officials said.

Palestinian health officials said Israeli forces used mostly gunfire against the protesters, in addition to tear gas and rubber bullets.

Israeli troops used live fire, rubber-coated bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesting Palestinian crowds that flocked to the border fence in their hundreds. At least two men, who Israel claims were “terrorist infiltrators,” were killed by tank fire.

Witnesses said the military had deployed a drone over at least one location to drop tear gas.

Meanwhile ,the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting concerning ‘Great Return’ protest clashes along the Israeli-Palestine border. The UN chief has called for an investigation into the violence that reportedly killed 16 Palestinians.

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In a statement issued in the wake of the UN Security Council emergency meeting, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that “his thoughts are with the families of the victims” that were killed or injured during the violent clashes at the Gaza border.

“The Secretary-General calls for an independent and transparent investigation into these incidents,” the statement, issued by his office, reads.

The meeting was called by Kuwait, which, along with Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and other countries with predominantly Muslim population, voiced their anger over the way the Israeli army retaliated against mass unrest that erupted along the border with Gaza Strip on Friday.

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Wildfire goes out of control in Parbat

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PARBAT— A wildfire that engulfed hundreds of hectares of two community forests at Bihadi Rural Municipality in the district has yet to come under control.

The inferno that took place at around 9 am on Thursday continues to rage, advancing towards the nearby settlements at Lingsing, Taltum, Lugring and Bhaterpata, putting lives at risk, said the police. The locals have been asked to stay alert.

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“At present, the flame is at the cliff above Salghari. It may engulf the nearby entire settlements if not taken under control soon,” said local resident Rishiram Bhusal. Thousands of rupees worth of healthy trees and medicinal herbs have been burnt down so far in the inferno, said the police.

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