During the weekly “March of Return” Hamas-led protests on the border with Israel, a 22-year-old Palestinian paramedic dies and another 40 violent protesters injured engaging with the IDF.
– IDF destroys Hamas outpost in northern Gaza in response to explosive devices thrown at IDF forces.
– IDF Command deploys Iron Dome to central Israel.
By Yoav Zitun, Matan Tzuri, Elior
Palestinian health officials said a 22-year-old paramedic has been killed and 40 others wounded amid clashes that erupted between IDF forces and Palestinian protesters during a Hamas-led protest along the Gaza border as the terror group and Israel observed a cease-fire.
Despite the ceasefire, which took hold at 10:45pm on Thursday evening, Hamas has called on Gaza residents to participate in demonstrations on the border.
Around 9,000 Palestinians took part in the weekly protests along the border fence in five different locations, some of whom threw explosive devices and stones at the Israeli forces.
In addition, an IDF tank shelled a Hamas outpost in the northern Gaza Strip in response to a grenade that had been thrown at soldiers, said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. No injuries among the Israeli forces were reported.
.@DaveSharma on escalation of tensions between Israel and Hamas: Hamas refuses to govern in the interests of its population and instead remains committed to the destruction of Israel. That makes it impossible to resolve the situation.
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One Hamas spokesman said that the Palestinian people would continue to stage weekly “March of Return” protests until the group’s aims had been achieved, with the first being the lifting of the siege around Gaza.
The IDF also confirmed that it has completed the deployment of Iron Dome batteries in central Israel.
Associated Press contributed to this report.
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