One Palestinian rioter — a 24-year-old man — was reportedly killed on Friday in renewed unrest on the Israel-Gaza Strip border.
According to Gaza health officials, 30 other Palestinians were wounded on Friday.
Weekly border demonstrations — which have often turned violent — have taken place since March 2018. Israel sees the protests as potential cover for cross-border attacks and a bid by Hamas to distract from its internal governance problems.
The IDF said its troops were confronted by around 6,000 Palestinian rioters on the border on Friday, and opened fire when some of them approached the fence.
Egyptian security mediators on Friday were trying to cement a ceasefire understanding that put an end to last weekend’s violent flare-up in which four Israeli civilians were killed by rockets fired from Gaza by Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists. Some 29 Palestinians — most of them terrorists — died in retaliatory IDF strikes in Gaza.
During last Friday’s border protests, two Israeli soldiers were wounded in a shooting incident.
by Algemeiner Staff and Agencies