IDF fires on Palestinians who damaged Gaza fence, threw stones

Two Palestinians moderately hurt when IDF soldiers opened fire in border incident, according to IDF spokesperson.

September 20, 2013 21:20
Gazans at border fence [file]

Gazans at border fence 370. (photo credit: IDF Spokesman’s Office)

Soldiers on Friday opened fire on a group of Palestinians who breached the security zone approaching Gaza’s border with Israel, damaged the fence and threw stones at troops, military sources said.

Two Palestinians were wounded, the army said.

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According to Palestinian sources, the men’s wounds were “moderate.”

The incident came after a rocket was fired from Gaza into southern Israel early on Thursday morning, landing in the Ashkelon coast region.

No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.

Beginning on Sunday, Israel pans to allow steel and cement for building projects into Gaza for the first time since 2007. The move follows a massive crackdown by the Egyptian military on the smuggling from Sinai via the tunnels near Rafah, including construction material.

In 2007, after Hamas took control of Gaza in a violent coup, Israel banned the entry of building material, except in limited quantities for international projects, fearing the materials posed a security risk.

Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.

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