Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Hundreds attended the funeral of a well-known Palestinian journalist in Gaza on Saturday who was killed while covering mass protests along the Israeli border the previous day.

Yasser Murtaja died from a gunshot wound he sustained while filming Friday in an area engulfed in thick black smoke from protesters setting tires on fire. Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others in the second mass border protest in eight days. The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week. The border area appeared calm Saturday.

Witnesses said Murtaja was over 100 meters (yards) from the border, wearing a flak jacket marked “press” and holding his camera when he was shot in an exposed area just below the armpit.

The Israeli military has said it fired only at “instigators” involved in attacks on soldiers and was investigating Murtaja’s death amid a very hectic environment.

Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since a 2007 takeover and calls for Israel’s destruction, has called for a series of protests until May 15, the anniversary of Israel’s founding when Palestinians commemorate their mass uprooting during the 1948 war over Israel’s creation.  (AP)

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<p>Palestinians evacuate a wounded journalist during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border at a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinians evacuate a wounded journalist during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border at a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes
<p>Mortally wounded Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, 31, is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza, Strip April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Mortally wounded Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, 31, is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza, Strip April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

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<p>Mourners and journalists carry the body of Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City on April 7, 2018. Among those killed at Friday’s protest was Yasser Murtaja, a photographer with the Gaza-based Ain Media agency, who died from his wounds after being shot, the local health ministry said. Murtaja’s company confirmed his death, with witnesses saying he was close to the front of the protests in Southern Gaza when he was hit. (Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Mourners and journalists carry the body of Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja, during his funeral in Gaza City on April 7, 2018. Among those killed at Friday’s protest was Yasser Murtaja, a photographer with the Gaza-based Ain Media agency, who died from his wounds after being shot, the local health ministry said. Murtaja’s company confirmed his death, with witnesses saying he was close to the front of the protests in Southern Gaza when he was hit. (Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Smoke rises from burning tires as Palestinian demonstrators are seen during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border at a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Smoke rises from burning tires as Palestinian demonstrators are seen during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border at a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

<p>A Palestinian protects himself from inhaling tear gas at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

A Palestinian protects himself from inhaling tear gas at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

<p>Palestinian protesters gather in front of burned tires while Israeli soldiers fire teargas during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Adel Hana/AP) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinian protesters gather in front of burned tires while Israeli soldiers fire teargas during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Adel Hana/AP)

<p>Palestinians carry a wounded demonstrator during clashes with Israeli security forces following a protest on the Gaza-Israel border east of the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on April 6, 2018. The Gaza border with Israel has been enflamed by violence since Israeli forces opened fire on a protest march on March 30, killing 19 Palestinian (Photo: Momen Faiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinians carry a wounded demonstrator during clashes with Israeli security forces following a protest on the Gaza-Israel border east of the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on April 6, 2018. The Gaza border with Israel has been enflamed by violence since Israeli forces opened fire on a protest march on March 30, killing 19 Palestinian (Photo: Momen Faiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>A Palestinian protester uses a sling shot during clashes with Israeli toops near the border with Israel in the east of Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Momen Faiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

A Palestinian protester uses a sling shot during clashes with Israeli toops near the border with Israel in the east of Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Momen Faiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Palestinian medics evacuate a wounded colleague during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Friday, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Adel Hana/AP) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinian medics evacuate a wounded colleague during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Friday, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Adel Hana/AP)

<p>A Palestinian boy poses for a photograph as he paints his face in black during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, Friday, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

A Palestinian boy poses for a photograph as he paints his face in black during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, Friday, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP)

<p>A Palestinian demonstrator shouts during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza City April 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

A Palestinian demonstrator shouts during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza City April 6, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

<p>A wounded Palestinian demonstrator is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border at a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

A wounded Palestinian demonstrator is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border at a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

<p>A woman holds a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border at a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

A woman holds a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border at a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

<p>Palestinians perform Friday prayers during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinians perform Friday prayers during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

<p>Palestinian protesters burn a representation of an Israeli flag during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza’s border with Israel, Friday, April 6, 2018. Arabic writing says, ” Death to Israel.” (Photo: Adel Hana/AP) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinian protesters burn a representation of an Israeli flag during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza’s border with Israel, Friday, April 6, 2018. Arabic writing says, ” Death to Israel.” (Photo: Adel Hana/AP)

<p>Palestinian protesters carry a wounded man from during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, Friday, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinian protesters carry a wounded man from during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, Friday, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP)

<p>Palestinian protesters chant slogans next to burning tires during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Adel Hana/AP) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinian protesters chant slogans next to burning tires during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Adel Hana/AP)

<p>Palestinians protesters during clashes with Israeli toops near the border with Israel in the east of Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Momen Faiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinians protesters during clashes with Israeli toops near the border with Israel in the east of Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, April 6, 2018. (Photo: Momen Faiz/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

<p>Palestinians wearing costumes are seen at the clashes scene at Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, April 5, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinians wearing costumes are seen at the clashes scene at Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, April 5, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

<p>An Israeli peace activist holds a sign in front of the Israel-Gaza border, as Palestinians protest on the Gaza side of the border near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, Israel, April 5, 2018. (Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

An Israeli peace activist holds a sign in front of the Israel-Gaza border, as Palestinians protest on the Gaza side of the border near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, Israel, April 5, 2018. (Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters)

<p>A Palestinian girl reacts to tear gas fired by Israeli troops near the Israel-Gaza border during a tent city protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, east of Gaza City, April 3, 2018. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

A Palestinian girl reacts to tear gas fired by Israeli troops near the Israel-Gaza border during a tent city protest demanding the right to return to their homeland, east of Gaza City, April 3, 2018. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

<p>Palestinian activists collect tyres to be burnt along the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 3, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinian activists collect tyres to be burnt along the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 3, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

<p>Palestinian protesters react during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinian protesters react during clashes with Israeli troops at the Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

<p>Palestinians make bread, during a tent city protest, where they demand the right to return to their homeland, at Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Palestinian journalist killed in Gaza during Israeli border clashes

Palestinians make bread, during a tent city protest, where they demand the right to return to their homeland, at Israel-Gaza border, in the southern Gaza Strip, April 2, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

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