Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated on Wednesday near the Israeli border in the southern Gaza Strip, days after a similar gathering turned violent.
The Israeli military, which had beefed up its forces ahead of the demonstration, said it was using tear gas and live fire to disperse the crowd.
Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV showed in a live broadcast, crowds of people approaching the fence, then running away when an Israeli military vehicle arrived. Tear gas could be seen floating in the wind.
The military said it was using .22 caliber gunfire, a crowd dispersal means that is less lethal than more powerful firearms but can still be deadly.
Palestinian medical sources claimed at least 14 protesters were wounded, though details of their injuries weren’t immediately known.
Members of Hamas were tasked with restraining demonstrators, but due to their small numbers many managed to bypass them and move toward the fence, Hamas sources claimed.
During a demonstration on Saturday, rioters stormed the border wall that was recently completed by Israel hundreds of meters away from the Gaza border, resulting in violent clashes. Continue Reading….