Palestinian mob throwing stones at IDF soldiers from the Gaza side of the border were attempting to damage & destroy border fence.
Ten Palestinians were injured Friday by IDF fire during clashes near the border fence in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian medical official said.
Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry, said one man was in serious condition after being shot in the head.
Qudra said the shooting, not far from Jabaliya northeast of Gaza City, came after the Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers.
An IDF spokeswoman told AFP “hundreds of Palestinians” had been throwing stones at Israeli soldiers beyond the border fence and attempting to sabotage it.
The soldiers opened live fire at “the lower extremities of the main instigators” after attempts to disperse them with riot dispersal means failed, she said.
Clashes are common on Fridays, with regular protests near the border in support of Gaza farmers.
The Gaza Strip has been under a prolonged blockade by both Israel and Egypt, cutting off land, sea, and air routes for the 1.5 million civilians in the area.
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