7,000 take part in weekly protests; several hundred riot, throwing explosive devices and rocks at troops who respond with tear gas and occasional live fire
By TOI staff and AFP27 Sep 2019, 7:40 pm
Sahar Othman, 20, was shot by Israeli forces in the chest near Rafah in southern Gaza, the ministry said in a statement, adding that 28 Palestinians were wounded.
The Israel Defense Forces had no immediate comment on the death, but earlier said over 7,000 Palestinians took part in the day’s protests with some rioters throwing rocks and explosives at the security fence and at troops along the border.
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The rioters also burned tires and threw fire bombs and one Palestinian briefly crossed into Israeli territory before immediately returning to the other side of the border. One military vehicle was lightly damaged when hit by an explosive device, but no injuries were reported, the IDF said.
The army responded with tear gas and occasional live fire.
Palestinian rioters on the Gaza border, August 30, 2019. (Hassan Jedi/Flash90)
UN Special Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov, who has been involved in brokering ceasefires between Israel and Hamas, has continuously called on Israel to refrain from directing live fire at the largely unarmed protesters.
Since March 2018, Palestinians have been holding weekly “March of Return” protests on the border, which Israel has accused Gaza’s Hamas rulers of using to carry out attacks on troops and attempt to breach the security fence. Hamas, an Islamist terror group, seeks to destroy Israel.
Last Friday, more that 8,000 Palestinians protested along the Gaza border, with 76 of them injured by Israeli riot dispersal measures.