Thousands of Palestinians protest near Gaza border, four reported killed

Roughly 16,000 protesters clash with IDF forces on Friday during weekly March of Return protests.

October 26, 2018 18:01
Thousands of Palestinians protest near Gaza border, four reported killed

A Palestinian woman shouts slogans during a March of Return protest at the border fence between Israel and Gaza, east of Gaza City August 31, 2018. . (photo credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS)


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Roughly 16,000 Palestinians protested near the Gaza security border against IDF soldiers on Friday, IDF spokesperson reported.

Protesters burned tires and threw explosive devices, hand grenades and Molotov cocktails at IDF soldiers. The IDF responded with protest dispersal methods.

Two attempts to breach the security fence were noticed by the IDF and were followed by the security forces present.

Three IAF strikes were carried out during the protests targeting three Hamas positions North of the Gaza Strip.   

Four Palestinians were killed by IDF sniper fire and 85 were injured, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the protests are entirely coordinated by Hamas.

"I said more than once that they [Hamas] are in control,” he said during a press conference at Kibbutz Kerem Shalom. ”Nobody walks to the security fence. They are all brought there by Hamas-organized buses."

Liberman said that Israel needs to see a period of relative calm at least until November before “reaching conclusions.”

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