3 Gazans killed and 310 injured in protests along Gaza border

By: Middle East Affairs

GAZA CITY, PALESTINE – On Friday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza city, three Palestinians were killed and more than 310 injured during protests along Gaza border.

An Israeli sniper killed a paramedic during the protests in Rafah city in the southern Gaza. Abduallah Qatati, was providing first aid to the injured people, then he was shot in the head with a live bullet.

Protesters marking the 20th week of the “Return March” demonstrations rioted along five spots along the border throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers and burning tires and launching incendiary kites into Israel from the Strip, causing at least six fires.

Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, confirmed that a 55-year-old Palestinian who was identified as Ali Said al-Aloul was killed by Israeli forces during the protests.

According to Palestinian sources, Ahmad Jamal Abu Luli, 40, and confirmed that he was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces, causing injuries in his pelvis.

Abduallah, Ali and Ahmad were transferred to the Gaza European Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The IDF spokesperson stated that 9000 rioters gathered along the Gaza border fence and threw stones, Molotov cocktails and other explosives.

It also reported that an attempt was made to cross the fence, but the suspect immediately backtracked back into the Gaza Strip. In response to a grenade thrown at Israeli forces, an IDF tank attacked a Hamas position in the northern Gaza Strip. No Israeli soldiers were injured.

On Friday, the IDF targeted another Hamas position with tank fire in the southern Gaza Strip.

The deadly riots came after a 12-hour lull of fighting between Israel and Hamas which saw over 200 rockets and mortars fired from the coastal enclave towards southern Israeli communities and over 150 retaliatory strikes by Israeli jets.

While a ceasefire to end the escalation of violence was said to have been agreed upon by the two sides following Egyptian and UN mediation, Hamas vowed that the Return March demonstrations would continue.

“Every time the Israeli killing machine tries to break the strength and will of our people to continue its struggle, every time it will fail,” said a spokesman for the group.

The protests along the border dubbed have been the greatest threats to Israeli security in the region since operation Protective Edge due to the combination of terror tunnels, riots, attempted infiltrations and the use of incendiary items.

At least 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests began, one Israeli soldier was killed by a sniper and another officer was moderately wounded after he was shot by a sniper in the Kissufim area in an ambush after troops arrived to disperse a violent demonstration by 20 Palestinian youth close to the border fence.

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