The IDF issued a statement estimating the number of “violent rioters” at 8,000, and to those that infiltrated into Israel hurling firebombs and explosive devices, the IDF was “responding with riot dispersal means and operating according to standard operating procedures.”
A 25-year-old Palestinian was killed Friday evening and at least 120 more were injured, most from live fire in clashes with the Israeli army on the border, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
Ahmed Yaghi was killed by a sniper east of Gaza City, spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said.
The IDF issued a statement earlier, estimating the number of “violent rioters” at 8,000, “gathering in five locations along the Gaza Strip border, attempting to sabotage security infrastructure,” after protests broke out Friday afternoon. It said it was “responding with riot dispersal means and operating according to standard operating procedures.”
It also said an IDF tank fired at a Hamas post in the southern Gaza Strip in response to Palestinians who had infiltrated the border fence and tossed IEDs.
“A short while ago, a number of suspects infiltrated into Israel from the southern Gaza Strip, hurled firebombs and an explosive device in the border fence area and then returned into the Gaza Strip. In response, an IDF tank targeted a Hamas military post in the southern Gaza Strip,” the IDF stated.
The violence erupted Friday amid reports that the United Nations and Egypt were working with Israel and Hamas leaders to secure a long-term agreement as well as reconciliation between teh Palestinian powers.
Israel’s Channel Two reported Friday evening that Hamas accepted the deal proposed by the UN and Egypt, and that it was awaiting an Israeli decision.
Israel’s security cabinet is supposed to meet on Sunday to discuss the mooted deal with Hamas, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ditched a trip to South America citing the need to monitor tensions in the country’s south.
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