Victims include 15-year-old boy as Israeli forces fire live bullets and teargas at protesters near fence with Israel.
For more than two months, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been protesting along the fence with Israel, demanding their right to return to the homes and land their families were expelled from 70 years ago.
The Great March of Return rallies culminated on May 15 to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, or Catastrophe – a reference to the forced removal of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and villages to clear the way for Israel’s establishment in 1948.
The mass Friday demonstrations have since continued.
Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed 124 Palestinians in the besieged coastal enclave and wounded more than 13,000 people.
Health officials in the Gaza Strip say the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during protests near the fence with Israel has risen to four.
Al-Baba, who has worked for AFP news agency in the Gaza Strip since 2000, was shot while clearly identified in a press vest and helmet, around 200 metres from the fence east of Jabalia in northern Gaza.
Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from the protests in the Gaza Strip, says Israeli forces are firing tears gas at protesters.
“They are using this in two ways, firstly coming in from jeeps … to try and disperse the [crowd], [and] they are also using teargas drones,” he said.
“However, the Palestinians have figured out a way of dealing with these drones … they’ve figured out that they can entangle a drone into kites, and they have managed to bring down an Israeli drone,” he added.
Three Palestinians killed by Israeli forces
Health officials in the Gaza Strip say Israeli forces have killed at least three Palestinians and injured more than 500 during protests near the fence with Israel.
Israeli troops shot and killed 15-year-old Haitham al-Jamal east of Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian news agency Wafa said, citing the health ministry.
Ziad Jadallah Bureim was also shot dead while participating in protests in the southern Gaza Strip, while Imad Nabil Abu Darabi, 26, was killed east of Jabalia town in northern Gaza Strip, Wafa added.
Of those injured, 92 protesters sustained live fire wounds, including seven who are critically wounded. Twenty-six children and 14 women are among the wounded.
The remaining injuries were caused by teargas inhalation.
Gaza’s health ministry says at least 386 Palestinian protesters near the fence with Israel have been wounded by Israeli forces.
The ministry says five of the wounded were in serious condition.