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Israeli forces injure 6 in Gaza

October 1, 2016 at 12:07 am

Palestinian protesters carry a wounded comrade during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border between Israel and Central Gaza Strip east of Bureij on 30 Sepember 2016. [APA Images/Ashraf Amra]

At least six Palestinians were injured in the besieged Gaza Strip yesterday during clashes with Israeli forces along the borderline with Israel.

Palestinian medical sources said five people were injured by live fire in clashes near the Nahal Oz crossing east of Shuja’iyya, while a sixth was injured in the area of Umm Husayna east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that clashes occurred in the northern and central Gaza Strip when a number of Palestinians “breached the buffer zone” – an Israeli-designated area within the blockaded coastal enclave and along the borderline and the coast that Israeli forces prevent Palestinians from accessing.

She added that a number of Palestinians damaged the border fence, and that Israeli forces used tear gas to disperse the crowd before using live fire, confirming that a number of people were hit.

The spokesperson said that clashes were still ongoing in certain areas on Friday evening.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have demonstrated near the border with Israel nearly every Friday to show solidarity with the Jerusalem Intifada taking place in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Scores of Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip since the unrest spread in October last year, the majority shot dead during clashes along the Gaza-Israel border.