Spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said Wahada was shot in the head in a clash east of Khan Younis on April 6, and Shamali died of “bullet wounds to his belly” sustained on Friday.
Some 3,000 Palestinians protested along the Gaza border with Israel, burning tires and flying flaming kites across the frontier to set Israeli fields ablaze, witnesses and the army said. Soldiers responded with less-lethal weapons as well as live fire, killing four, according to Hamas, including a 15-year-old boy. The IDF later said the slain teen, Mohammed Ibrahim Ayoub, was trying to damage the border barrier. Videos circulated on social media appeared to show Ayoub having been shot in the head. The killing drew harsh international condemnation, with the EU adding its voice on Saturday.
Israel accuses Hamas of using civilian shields, including women and children, as cover for carrying out attacks along the border.