UN Mideast envoy condemns killing of Palestinian boy in Gaza border clashes

In a tweet, UN envoy to the Middle East Nikolay Mladenov called the killing of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy during Friday's clashes along the Gaza border "outrageous" and demanded that the incident be investigated.
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UN envoy to the Middle East Nikolay Mladenov has condemned the killing of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy during Friday's clashes between Palestinian protesters and IDF forces along the Gaza-Israel border.

"It is outrageous to shoot at children," Mladenov tweeted Friday evening. "How does the killing of a child in Gaza today help peace? It doesn't! It fuels anger and breeds more killing. Children must be protected from violence, not exposed to it, not killed! This tragic incident must be investigated."

Palestinian media outlets reported that three protesters were killed by IDF fire during Friday's clashes, which were significantly smaller in scale than in previous weeks.

Prior to the protests, the IDF dropped pamphlets in Arabic from the sky, warning locals not to cooperate with Hamas and not to get too close to the border fence.

"Hamas is using you to carry out acts of terror," the pamphlets read. "The IDF is prepared for any scenario. Beware of approaching the fence or harming it. Do not use weapons or take any violent action towards the Israeli security forces and the Israeli citizens. Stay away from those who promote terrorism and violent riots. There is another way. Your future is in your own hands."

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