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At least seven Palestinian protesters were killed Friday by Israeli army gunfire near the Gaza-Israel buffer zone, Gaza's Health Ministry said.

A spokesman for the Palestinian health ministry said six Palestinian men were martyred as thousands of protesters approached the heavily-guarded Israeli border.

Palestinians carry a wounded man during clashes with Israeli troops on the Gaza-Israel border, east of Gaza City, on October 12, 2018.

Israel accuses Hamas of orchestrating the weekly border riots that have taken place since March to provide cover for attacks.

Stone-throwing incidents implicating Israeli settlers have risen of late, the Palestinian security sources added.

Another wanted Palestinian, who is suspected of killing two Israeli colleagues and wounding a third in the northern West Bank last Sunday, remains on the run.

The Israeli army said five were shot dead after breaking through the border fence and attacking an army post.

The majority were killed during border demonstrations, though others have died in airstrikes and tank shelling. Israeli soldiers opened fire and killed four of them.

A Palestinian assailant armed with a knife attacked the soldier, 32, outside of the Shomron Regional Brigade headquarters in the northern West Bank, near the settlement of Itamar. In recent weeks, it has stepped up its campaign, holding nighttime protests and adding new locations, such as along the beach.

It said they planted an "explosive device" there, which blew up and "set the security fence on fire".

Although the fuel was aimed at making the situation better in Gaza- where residents are now only receiving around four hours of electricity per day on average - the Qatar-bought delivery was protested by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as it was arranged with Hamas rather than his government.

Elsewhere in Khan Younis and at Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, hundreds of people held funeral ceremonies for Ahmad al-Tawil as well as 17-year-old Ahmed Abu Naim who lost their lives during anti-occupation rallies east of al-Bureij refugee camp on Friday.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh pledged that the border violence would continue, saying, "Woe to you if you stop the march of return before the siege is lifted".