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Israeli military sends aid to Gaza

Palestinian medics and protesters evacuate a wounded youth during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 16, 2018

JERUSALEM — Israel says the military has delivered eight trucks full of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to the Gaza Strip, where Israeli troops firing from across the border killed nearly 60 Palestinians at mass border protests on Monday.

Cogat, the military body for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Tuesday it has transferred 53 tons of medical equipment to Gaza this week, including medical fluids, bandages and physical therapy treadmills. It says fuel will be distributed later.

The trucks entered Tuesday, as medical facilities in Gaza were struggling to treat hundreds of people wounded by Israeli fire the day before.

Monday was the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers. Dozens of people were killed and 2,700 were wounded.

The protests were directed at a crippling blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007.

Israel says it is defending its border and accuses Hamas of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of the protests.

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