TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians in protests along Gaza’s border, Gaza health officials said.

The Palestinian deaths bring to around 200 the number of Gazans killed since the border protests began on March 30, according to Palestinian Health Ministry figures.

Gaza medics said that, in addition to the seven dead, around 140 others were wounded, Reuters reported.

The Israeli military said that the demonstrators, numbering around 15,000, had been “hurling rocks, explosive devices, firebombs and grenades” at Israeli troops and at the fence.

The Palestinian protesters are demanding an end to an Israeli blockade on the narrow coastal strip, which is home to around 2 million Gazans. They also seek the right to return to lands that Palestinians fled or were driven from by Israel in 1948.