One killed in violent clashes in Gaza amid Temple Mount tensions

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July 28, 2017 20:19

16-year-old Abed al-Rahman Abu al-Maysa was killed east of al-Bureij camp in the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

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The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as a man waves a Palestinian flag upon entering the T

The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as a man waves a Palestinian flag upon entering the Temple Mount, after Israel removed all security measures it had installed at the compound, in Jerusalem's Old City July 27, 2017.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

One Palestinian was killed Friday and dozens more wounded in clashes with IDF troops in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 16-year-old Abed al-Rahman Abu al-Maysa was killed east of al-Bureij camp in the Gaza Strip during clashes with Israeli troops on the fence.

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According to a statement released by the IDF, dozens of Palestinians took part in violent riots in several locations along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel over the course of the day on Friday where they burnt tires and threw stones at the fence and at IDF forces.

Troops were deployed to the areas where the riots were taking place and "are working to prevent damage to the perimeter fence," read the statement adding that troops fired at a number of key instigators.

According to Palestinian Maan News, four rioters were wounded by live ammunition east of the Jabaliya refugee camp and another was injured east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

The IDF is investigating reports of al-Maysa's death.

Meanwhile in the West Bank hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated  in various locations, including in Hebron, Rachel's Tomb, Nablus, Tulkarem, and Qalandiya.  According to the Red Crescent, some 25 Palestinians were treated by their staff for injuries sustained in clashes with troops. 

According to reports in Palestinian media several rioters were injured by rubber bullets fired by soldiers near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem.

A statement released by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that during the demonstrations, “molotov cocktails and stones were thrown, two improvised explosive devices were placed, and tires were torched.”

Four demonstrators were arrested and a soldier was lightly injured after being hit by a stone.

Also on Friday soldiers thwarted a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank after a Palestinian ran up to a group of soldiers with a knife. The attacker, identified as 24-year-old Abdullah Ali Mahmoud Taqatqa was shot and killed by troops.

According to the army some 1,000 Palestinians participated in disturbances throughout the week.

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