Palestinian injured on Friday on Gaza border dies of wounds

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However, Hamas officials have not specifically called for a mass breach of the fence.

The Israeli military said one of its aircraft targeted an armed militant near the security fence along the Gaza Strip. The military was on high alert ahead of Friday.

The UN's special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Nickolay Mladenov, urged both sides not to "intentionally" endanger civilians.

For Hamas, it's a chance to break a Gaza border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt since seizing the territory from its rival, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in 2007.

Most of the more than 30,000 Palestinians who gathered Friday near the dividing line with Israel were peaceful, but groups of young men threw rocks and molotov cocktails toward the fence.

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Israeli fire has killed a Palestinian at the Gaza border and another has died of wounds suffered several days ago, officials say.

The mass protest, however, turned violent when Israeli military forces used lethal force to disperse the crowd.

"The Ministry of Environmental Protection's readiness teams are increasing the border area of the Gaza Strip towards tomorrow, with particle gauges, beyond the firefighting teams, with a total of 9 or 10 teams on the ground", a representative told the Maariv newspaper. Families of those killed receive $3,000 (U.S.).

Israel's military spokesman, Brig.

Last week's turnout was apparently driven by the organizational prowess of Hamas as well as the growing desperation of Gaza residents who live in what has been described as the world's largest open-air prison.

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Israel has defended its actions by saying the marches are planned by Hamas, which is sworn to Israel's destruction.

Other blockade-busting tactics by Hamas have failed over the years, including three cross-border wars with Israel and repeated rounds of unsuccessful power-sharing talks with the West Bank-based Abbas. "Anyone trying to approach the fence is putting their lives at risk".

A leading Israeli rights group, B'Tselem, issued a rare appeal to Israeli soldiers to refuse "grossly illegal" orders to fire at unarmed protesters.

United Nations Security Council had earlier called for an independent probe into the clash which has been touted as the most deadly clash since the start of Palestine-Israel clashes.

The Israeli army was unable to confirm how many live rounds were fired by its snipers after claiming to know on Twitter where "every bullet landed in Gaza", before deleting the tweet.

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"This is proof of the true intentions of the terror groups in Gaza who are trying to hide their murderous plans by staging provocations along our border whose sole goal is to provide cover for terrorists to carry out their attacks against Israel, " Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

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