Six Palestinians were killed and dozens more injured in the Gaza Strip in clashes with Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported Friday evening.
It said the six men, ranging from 17 to 29 in age, had been killed as thousands of protesters approached the heavily-guarded Israeli border, I-24 reported.
An IDF report found that terrorists had placed an explosive device on the security fence during a disturbance. The detonation of the explosive device opened a hole in the fence through which about 20 terrorists entered, according to A7 News.
The terrorists were immediately identified by Israeli forces who opened fire at them, said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
IDF employed live ammunition and riot dispersal means in response to other violent activity among the 14,000 rioters in several locations, with some of them throwing various explosives, molotov cocktails, stones and burning tires.
The renewed violence comes following Qatar’s pledge of $150 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza that showed hope for a potential multilateral agreement to bring long-term quiet to the Israel-Gaza border, I-24 News reported.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman decided Friday evening to cut off the flow of fuel into Gaza in light of Friday’s violence.
“In light of the grave events in the Gaza Strip, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered a short time ago to immediately stop the flow of fuel into the Gaza Strip,” the statement from the defense ministry read.
The defense ministry suggested that it would not allow the transfer of further fuel pledged by Qatar into the enclave, notwithstanding the four Israeli diesel tankers had entered in the morning.
“Israel will not tolerate a situation in which fuel tankers are allowed to enter Gaza on the one hand, while terror and violence are used against IDF soldiers and Israeli citizens on the other.”
Lebanese-based newspaper Al Akhbar reported that gas has not entered the strip since Tuesday because the Palestinian Authority (PA) threatened to stop purchasing its gas from the Israeli-based company should it supply into Gaza, I-24 reported.
Earlier Friday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh made headlines by saying that his organization wants to “reach an understanding that will bring calm to Israel.”
But the Hamas leader also reportedly attended the protests east of Gaza City and hailed the ongoing demonstrations and said I”the determination of the Palestinian people will break the siege.”, according to A.P
Last week, three Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israels Defense Forces (IDF) in Gaza on Friday as some 20,000 protesters gathered at several locations along the border.
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