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Israeli troops fire on Gazan Palestinians at border

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — One Palestinian man was killed as Israeli soldiers fired on Gazan Palestinians approaching the border several times.

Several Palestinians also were injured in the incidents on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, a group of Palestinians trying to breach the Gaza security fence were spotted planting an explosive device in order to detonate it as an Israeli army patrol was driving by, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

“Concealing explosive devices is a recurring phenomenon, challenging the IDF operational activities intended to protect its forces and civilians,” IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said. “The IDF will continue to maintain the right to act upon terrorist threats that pose a clear and present danger to the troops and the operational access they require to defend the civilians of the State of Israel.”

On Friday, some 100 Palestinians rioting near the border fence with Israel in northern Gaza threw stones at the troops stationed there. Protesters attempted to break through the security fence and enter Israel, according to the IDF.

After calling on the protesters to halt, Israeli troops used live gunfire. One Palestinian reportedly was killed.

Earlier in the day, a rocket fired from Gaza landed in the Shaar HaNegev region in southern Israel.

 

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