Tel Aviv has closed the Kerem Shalom crossing at the Gaza-Israeli border after it was damaged during the recent wave of Great March of Return protests.
"A journalist suffered minor injuries after being struck in the foot by a gas bomb", he said.
It was the seventh weekly protest, and a preview of what is expected to be a much larger border rally on Monday and Tuesday.
Since the protests began on March 30, at least 48 Palestinians, including five children, have been killed by Israeli snipers and almost 8,000 wounded by live fire, tear gas and "non-lethal" rubber bullets fired by Israeli soldiers.
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The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said a 40-year-old man was killed after being shot in the chest east of Khan Younis, in the south of the Strip.
The stage is set for the United States to formally open its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, a controversial decision but one that U.S. officials said will help bring "peace and stability to the region".
US personnel stationed in Israel are said to be excited about the impending move and efforts are already underway to relocate a number of officials to the new Jerusalem embassy, the officials said, adding that officials held a toast early Friday saying goodbye to the Tel Aviv offices.
Pro-Palestinian activists set fires and hurled stones and bottles at Israeli Defense Forces near the Gaza border crossing Friday; setting the stage for a major showdown just days before the U.S. embassy officially opens in Jerusalem.
A report by the aid charity Save the Children, published on Friday, said that during the protests, at least 250 Gazan children had been hit with live bullets, among almost 700 children injured overall.
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Israeli soldiers fired live rounds and volleys of tear gas. He stressed that the protesters would be unarmed and peaceful, but also likened them to a "starving tiger", saying the residents of Gaza were so desperate that their actions were impossible to predict.
Israeli news site Ynet said three Israelis were detained after they attempted to fly burning kites into Gaza but instead caused fires on Israeli agricultural lands.
Mr. Trump has promised to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, assigning the task to top advisers led by Jared Kushner, his son-in-law. "They should kill each final certainly one of us to alter the info".
The decision has enraged Palestinians, who want east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war, as capital of their future state.
Israel's army said around 15,000 Palestinians took part in Friday's protests. Israel and Egypt preserve an financial blockade of the strip, which has the best unemployment charge on the planet and has grow to be far poorer than the opposite essential Palestinian territory, the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution.
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From there, smaller groups moved closer to the border fence.