Palestinians riot, throw stones at Gaza border fence

IDF soldiers fire warning shots in the air to disperse several dozen people; first security incident on Gaza front since cease-fire went into effect.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 28, 2014 14:32
Gaza border fence

IDF vehicle drives along Gaza border fence [file]. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Several dozen Palestinians rioted at the border fence with Israel in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, the IDF said.

The army said that forces arrived at the scene to disperse the rioters who began throwing stones. The soldiers called on the rioters to move back from the fence, eventually firing warning shots into the air when they refused to heed the calls.

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The crowd dispersed and calm was restored in the area , the IDF Spokesman's Office said.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

The clash marked the first security incident on the Gaza border since an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire between Israel and armed groups in the Strip went into effect  on Tuesday.

As part of the cease-fire agreement, Israel is expected to narrow the security buffer – a no-go area for Palestinians that runs along the inside of the Gaza border – reducing it from 300 meters to 100 meters if the truce holds. The move will allow Palestinians more access to farmland close to the border.




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