Dozens hurt in 'Catastrophe' protests on Gaza-Israel border

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Gaza: Israeli troops wounded nearly 50 Palestinians at the Gaza border on Wednesday during protests to mark the 71st anniversary of the "Nakba", or catastrophe, when many Palestinians lost their homes in the fighting around Israel's creation, Gaza officials said.

Thousands had gathered at the coastal enclave's frontier with Israel, the scene of bloodshed over the past year.

An Israeli firefighter battles a fire started by an incendiary device launched from the Gaza Strip.

An Israeli firefighter battles a fire started by an incendiary device launched from the Gaza Strip.Credit:AP

Groups approached the border fence, planting Palestinian flags and throwing stones towards Israeli soldiers on the other side despite the efforts of marshalls in orange vests to keep protesters away from the barrier, witnesses said.

Israeli troops fired tear gas and rubber bullets to repel them, but also live ammunition, the witnesses said.

The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 47 people were wounded, though it was not clear how many of those were hit by live ammunition or were hurt by rubber bullets or by inhaling tear gas.

Palestinian medics evacuate a wounded man during a protest by the Israeli border with Gaza Strip on Wednesday.

Palestinian medics evacuate a wounded man during a protest by the Israeli border with Gaza Strip on Wednesday.Credit:AP

The Israeli military said about 10,000 rioters and demonstrators gathered in several places along the Gaza Strip fence.

Reuters