By ANNA AHRONHEIM,EZRA TAYLOR
The batteries were reinforced a day after a Hamas member was killed by IDF troops along the border fence in what the military said was a misunderstanding.
The man, identified as 28 year old Mahmoud Ahmad Sabri al-Adham, was shot by troops as he approached the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip.
Hamas’ military wing stated that Adham’s death will not go “unpunished” and that Israel would “bear the consequences of this criminal act.”
“Israel intentionally fired at one of our members while he was carrying out his duties. We are carrying out an investigation into this crime,” the group added.
According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit 6,000 Palestinians violently demonstrated in several spots along the Gaza border on Friday.
Serveral Palestinians were also identified as crossing the border fence into Israeli territory in the southern part of the Strip and immediately returned.
In addition, the military said that serveral explosive devices were thrown at IDF troops, no injuries were caused.
During the riots IDF troops used riot dispersal means against the demonstrators.
According to Palestinian reports, 40 protesters were injured including one seriously wounded after being hit in the stomach by IDF fire.
During the riots an IDF Jeep was hit by a Molotov cocktail thrown by protesters. There were no reported injuries.
Thousands of Gazans have been protesting along the security fence on a weekly basis taking part in Great Return March demonstrations which began last year, calling for an end of the 12 year long Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza over 300 Palestinians have been killed and about 17,000 others injured by IDF since the beginning of the protests.
Also on Friday, a delegation of senior Egyptian intelligence officials entered Gaza for talks with the Hamas leadership over reconciliation with Israel and the attempts to reach a reconciliation with Fatah.
Senior Hamas official Fathi Hammad said that Israel “has one week to implement the understandings and end the siege,” and warned “we have means to act that are awaiting approval,” if Israel does not carry out the “understandings.”
“We are on the verge of an explosion not only in the Gaza Strip, but also in the West Bank and abroad,” Hammad said.