Palestinians: 7 wounded in Sufa march

More than 10,000 Gazans approach the terminal calling for an end to the Israeli blockade.

sufa protest 224.88 (photo credit: AP)
sufa protest 224.88
(photo credit: AP)
Seven Palestinian protesters were wounded Friday when they were shot by IDF troops during a demonstration at Sufa border crossing, Palestinian doctors reported. More than 10,000 Palestinians waving Hamas flags approached the crossing calling for an end to the blockade imposed on Gaza. The demonstrators burned tires and chanted anti-Israeli slogans. Hamas had called the protest march, which began following Friday prayers, and several protesters got within yards of the border fence. The IDF confirmed troops were on the scene at the demo but did not immediately comment on whether they fired. The army had issued a directive to soldiers to prevent Palestinian penetration of the Sufa terminal at any cost, even the cost of using live ammunition. Meanwhile, a 65-year-old woman died of her wounds a day after she was shot along the Gaza-Israel border, a Palestinian health official said. Dr. Moaiya Hassanain said the woman was near her home around 300 yards from the border fence when she was shot on Thursday evening. Hassanain said the gunfire came from an IDF border position, but the army said it had no record of any shooting in the area at the time.