AFP/File / Abbas Momani Palestine Liberation Organisation second in command Saeb Erakat has demanded an apology from Eurovision song contest organisers after the Palestinian flag was among a list of banned banners at next month's event in Sweden
AFP/File / Abbas Momani Palestine Liberation Organisation second in command Saeb Erakat has demanded an apology from Eurovision song contest organisers after the Palestinian flag was among a list of banned banners at next month's event in Sweden

Two Palestinian young men were killed by Israeli fire on Sunday near the Gaza-Israel borders, medical sources said.

Bahaa Qudaih, 23, and Mohammed Abu Reida, 20, were shot dead by Israeli soldiers near the Gaza-Israel border fence east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khanyounis, spokesman for health ministry in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qedra, said in a statement.

It brings the death toll among Palestinians in Gaza to 47 since mass anti-Israel rallies started on March 30.

More than 7,000 Palestinians have also been injured in the massive six-week rallies, known as the “Great Return of March.”

The rallies, which always witness high turnout on Fridays, are expected to peak on May 15, the Nakba Day, while the Palestinians mark the forcible transfer of two thirds of the Palestinian people and the ethnic cleansing of 418 Palestinian villages.

Israel rejects the protests and vows to respond to any border infiltration attempts that may threaten its sovereignty as well as its residents.

Israel also accuses Hamas movement, which rules Gaza since its forcible takeover of power in 2007, of organizing the rallies. Enditem

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