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Israeli soldiers kill four Palestinians, wound 700 at Gaza rally

More than 10,000 attend fourth mass protest in as many weeks calling for return of Palestinian refugees to their lands.

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Palestinian youth move and burn tyres near the eastern border of Gaza city [Hosam Salem/Al Jazeera]

Israeli forces have shot dead four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, as more than 10,000 gathered in a mass demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Friday that at least 729 people protesting near the border with Israel were wounded by Israeli gunfire, needed treatment for tear gas inhalation or suffered other injuries.

Palestinian officials identified those killed as Mohammed Ibrahim Ayyoub, 15, Ahmed Rashad, 24, Ahmed Abu Aqil, 25 and Saad Abdul Majid Abdul-Aal Abu Taha, 29.

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