Palestinian killed during Gaza border riot

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man during a riot in the Gaza Strip near the border with Israel.

The fatality, who was not immediately named in Palestinian media reports about the incident but was identified as a 20-year-old man, was shot in the head in the north of the Gaza Strip, the Maan news agency reported Friday.

A spokesperson from the Israel Defende Forces said that hundreds of Palestinians gathered near the border fence and breached the buffer zone, throwing rocks and burning tires. “The threat of infiltration was posing a direct threat to communities nearby,” the spokesperson was quoted by Maan as saying, with Israeli forces using riot dispersal means and firing at “main instigators.”

She said the army was aware of reported injuries to Palestinians.

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At least 11 Palestinians were shot and 14 suffered tear gas inhalation during the demonstrations, according to Maan.

Clashes also broke out east of the al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, with Israeli forces firing tear gas at demonstrators, who set fire to tires.

Demonstrations were reported near the Erez and Nahal Oz crossings in the northern Gaza Strip, as thousands of Palestinians marched following the declaration of a “day of rage” against Israel by the Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups.

Protests set off from different mosques following Friday prayers, calling for an escalation against Israel.

Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas official, called upon all factions to take part in the “intifada against Israel.”

The leader of Islamic Jihad, Khalid al-Batsh, said the movement would remain “ready to strike the enemy.”

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