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6 Palestinians injured by Israeli forces during Gaza clashes

Sept. 30, 2016 7:08 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2016 11:43 A.M.)
GAZA (Ma'an) -- At least six Palestinians were injured in the besieged Gaza Strip on Friday during clashes with Israeli forces along the borderline with Israel.

Palestinian medical sources said five people were injured by live fire in clashes near the Nahal Oz crossing east of Shujayya, while a sixth was injured in the area of Umm Husayna east of the al-Bureij refugee camp.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that clashes occurred in the northern and central Gaza Strip when a number of Palestinians “breached the buffer zone” -- an Israeli-designated area within the blockaded coastal enclave and along the borderline and the coast that Israeli forces prevent Palestinians from accessing.

She added that a number of Palestinians damaged the border fence, and that Israeli forces used tear gas to disperse the crowd before using live fire, confirming that a number of people were hit.

The spokesperson said that clashes were still ongoing in certain areas on Friday evening.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have demonstrated near the border 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.

Scores 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.

The nearly nine-year Israeli blockade has plunged the Gaza Strip’s more than 1.8 million Palestinians into poverty. The destruction from three Israeli offensives over the past six years and slow reconstruction due to the blockade led the UN in September to warn that Gaza could be “uninhabitable” by 2020.

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