Demonstrator hurls rocks at Israeli troops on Gaza border
Demonstrator hurls rocks at Israeli troops on Gaza border Reuters

At least 8,000 Gazan rioters demonstrated along the border fence on Friday, the IDF said.

"They are hurling rocks at (Israeli) troops and towards the security fence, as well as a number of explosive devices that did not cross the fence," a spokesman told AFP, adding that they had heard grenade explosions.

Israeli troops "responded with riot dispersal means and fired according to standard operating procedures", he added.

The Hamas-run “health ministry” in Gaza said that two Palestinian Arab teenagers were killed by Israeli troops during the clashes along the Gaza border.

Another 17 Palestinians were shot and wounded at different protest sites along the border, the ministry added.

The IDF declined to comment on the deaths.

The so-called “March of the Return” border riots have been occurring every week since March 30. The rioters gather along the fence, and throw grenades and rocks at IDF soldiers and at the fence.

IDF soldiers usually respond with riot dispersal means and by firing in accordance with the rules of engagement.

The protests had not been as violent as they had been when they started after Israel permitted two installments of Qatari cash into Gaza. However, the violence flared up again after Israel halted the transfer of Qatari money following an escalation in the south.

The Defense Ministry announced this week that work had begun on a new barrier on the Gaza border.

The new fence is being built above the underground wall designed to block the construction of terror tunnels from Gaza. The fence will be nearly 20 feet tall and 40 miles long.

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