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Israeli forces injure two Palestinians in Gaza during clashes near Israeli border

July 29, 2016 10:08 P.M. (Updated: July 31, 2016 5:46 P.M.)
GAZA (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinians with live fire during clashes east of Gaza City on Friday in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health Spokesman in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, told Ma'an that two Palestinians in their twenties were shot with live fire in their feet, and were taken to the hospital in what al-Qidra reported as "moderate condition."

Regarding the clashes, an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that "during a violent threat adjacent to the security fence, dozens of Palestinians reached the buffer zone and attempted damage security fence," referring to Israel's heavily guarded eastern border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Upon ongoing clashes and Israeli soldiers' alleged attempts to warn the protesters, the spokesperson said that "in order to prevent the threat of infiltration, forces fired towards the main instigators."

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have crowded near the borders with Israel nearly every Friday to show solidarity with what Palestinians in Gaza have termed the “Jerusalem Intifada” taking place in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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

More than 1,500 Gazans have been injured by Israeli forces since the start of 2015, the vast majority during clashes that broke out with the Israeli military during protests since October, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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