IDF Raises Alert Level as Hamas Threatens Renewed Attacks
Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinians, including a teenager, in the Gaza Strip during the latest of weekly protests organized by Hamas along the border with Israel on Friday, Palestinian health officials said.
The protests, dubbed by organizers the “March of Return” demonstrations, have been staged regularly every Friday since late March. Following a spike in violence last month, a ceasefire agreement has prompted Palestinian demonstrators to scale back the violence at the weekly demonstrations, largely keeping away from the border.
Some 8,000 Palestinians gathered near the border fence on Friday, the Israeli military said. Most kept their distance while some burned tires and tried to throw an explosive device into Israel, though it did not land across the border, according to the military.
A military spokeswoman said troops responded with “riot dispersal means” and fired in accordance with Israeli protocol.
Gaza’s Health Ministry said 16-year-old Mohammad Jahjouh was fatally shot in the neck while 25 others, including a local journalist, were wounded by Israeli gunfire.