Gaza Strip

Palestinians storm border

Hundreds of Palestinians converged on the Gaza Strip’s border fence with Israel on Friday, trying to burn and rip through it before drawing heavy Israeli fire in one of the most violent incidents yet in five weeks of protests. Three Palestinians were killed, and dozens were reported wounded. The Israeli military accused Gaza’s Hamas leaders of orchestrating what it called a “serious and irregular” attack and said it would not tolerate similar activity in the future. The violence came shortly after a top U.N. official urged Israel to refrain from using excessive force.

China

7 pupils die in knife attack

Seven students were killed Friday in a stabbing rampage at a middle school in China’s northwest, authorities said. State broadcaster CCTV said the attack happened in Shaanxi province’s Mizhi county as students were leaving. It said 12 other students were injured. A suspect identified by the surname Zhao was arrested. China tightly restricts private gun ownership, making knives and homemade explosives the most common weapons in violent crimes. No information was given on a motive, but reports on social media said the suspect had once been a pupil at the school.

Peru

Ancient sacrifice site found

Archaeologists in northern Peru say they have found evidence of what could be the world’s largest single case of child sacrifice. The pre-Columbian burial site, known as Las Llamas, contains the skeletons of 140 children who were between ages 5 and 14 when they were ritually sacrificed during a ceremony about 550 years ago, experts who led the excavation said Friday. The site, located near the modern day city of Trujillo, also had remains of 200 llamas apparently sacrificed the same day. It is thought the kids were sacrificed as floods caused by the El Nino weather pattern ravaged the Peruvian coastline.

Saudi Arabia

Women, kids watch WWE

Women and children were on hand to watch World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.’s Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia. A previous WWE event held in the ultraconservative kingdom in 2014 was for men only. But Friday night’s event in Jiddah to watch the likes of WWE star John Cena and others was part of a series of social changes pushed by the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32.

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires