עימותים בין צה"ל לפלסטינים ליד גדר הגבול עם עזה
Gaza health officials carry the wounded
Photo: AP
Palestinians riot along the Gaza border fence

Israeli policeman seriously hurt in Gaza border riots

Medical officials in Gaza say 2 Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, were also seriously injured and 39 others were wounded when clashes broke out along the perimeter fence, with rioters hurling explosives at IDF troops

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Published: 08.21.21, 23:30
An Israeli Border Police officer was seriously wounded Saturday during violent riots that erupted along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.
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  • Two Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, were also seriously injured in the cross-border fire that wounded 39 other Palestinians, officials said.
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    עימותים בין צה"ל לפלסטינים ליד גדר הגבול עם עזה
    עימותים בין צה"ל לפלסטינים ליד גדר הגבול עם עזה
    Palestinians riot along the Gaza border fence
    (Photo: AP)
    The violence broke out during a Gaza protest organized by the enclave's Islamist rulers Hamas and other factions allegedly in support of Jerusalem, where Palestinian clashes with Israeli police helped spark an 11-day Israel-Hamas conflict in May.
    Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the heavily fortified border area, where some tried to scale the border fence and others threw explosives towards Israeli troops, the Israeli military said.
    "IDF (Israeli military) troops responded with riot dispersal means, including when necessary live fire," it said in a statement.
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    עימותים בין צה"ל לפלסטינים ליד גדר הגבול עם עזה
    עימותים בין צה"ל לפלסטינים ליד גדר הגבול עם עזה
    Gaza health officials carry the wounded
    (Photo: AP)
    Gaza's health ministry said a 13-year-old boy was in critical condition after being shot in the head. It described most of the other injuries as moderate, including gun shots to limbs, backs and abdomens.
    Cross-border fire from Gaza critically wounded an Israeli undercover border police soldier, who is in hospital receiving medical treatment, the military said. He is said to be suffering from a severe head injury and has been taken for an urgent operation upon arriving at Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva.
    There was no claim of responsibility for the Gaza gunfire.
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    חייל מג"ב נפצע קשה מירי בגבול עזה ופונה לטיפול בבית חולים סורוקה
    חייל מג"ב נפצע קשה מירי בגבול עזה ופונה לטיפול בבית חולים סורוקה
    Israeli soldier wounded in the riots arrives at a hospital in Be'er Sheva
    (Photo: Herzl Yossef)
    The border incidents come days after Israel announced a resumption of Qatari aid to Gaza, a move seen as bolstering an Egyptian-mediated truce to the May fighting.
    Several Palestinian leaders gave speeches near the protest site, where they called on Israel to lift restrictions Gaza, Palestinian media reported.
    Israel keeps Gaza under a blockade, tightly restricting movement out of the territory that is home to 2 million Palestinians. Egypt also maintains restrictions on the enclave. Both cite threats from Hamas for the restrictions.
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