Palestinians say teenager killed in Gaza border violence

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says a 15-year-old Palestinian has been killed at a border protest by Israeli fire.

Thousands of Palestinians gathered near the Gaza border for a weekly protest Friday.

Some threw firebombs at Israeli forces from behind the thick black smoke of burning tires. Others flew incendiary kites across the fence.

The Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza has led border protests aimed in part at drawing attention to the Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007.

Over 130, mostly unarmed, Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since protests began March 30.

Israel says it is defending its sovereign border and accuses Hamas of using the protests as cover for attempts to breach the border fence and attack civilians and soldiers.