Jerusalem (AFP) – Israeli troops shot useless 4 closely armed Palestinians on the Gaza border early Saturday, certainly one of whom had managed to cross and throw a grenade at troops, the military mentioned.
There have been frequent clashes alongside the Gaza border for the reason that Palestinians started organising common mass protests there in March 2018 however Saturday’s alternate was uncommon due to the weaponry the military mentioned was concerned on the Palestinian aspect.
“The terrorists have been outfitted with AK-47 assault rifles, RPG grenade launchers and hand grenades,” a military assertion mentioned.
A spokeswoman mentioned: “The military opened hearth after one of many terrorists scaled the barrier and hurled a grenade on the troopers.”
No casualties have been reported in Israeli ranks.
Palestinian demonstrations on the Gaza border demanding the lifting of Israel’s greater than decade-old blockade have usually led to violence and a lethal response from the Israeli military.
At the very least 301 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli hearth in Gaza or the border space since March 2018, the bulk through the demonstrations.
Seven Israelis have additionally been killed.
The protests have declined in depth in current months following a truce brokered by UN officers and Egypt.
Below the truce, Israel agreed to take steps to ease points of its blockade in return for calm on the border.
Sporadic violence has continued however the Israeli military has mentioned most of it has consisted of lone-wolf assaults.
On August 1, a Palestinian searching for to avenge his brother’s demise by Israeli hearth entered Israel from Gaza armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and hand grenades. He was killed and three Israeli troopers wounded, the military mentioned.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is broadly seen as eager to keep away from a serious flare-up within the Palestinian territories as Israel prepares for a snap basic election on September 17, its second this yr.
However he’s more likely to face political strain to behave firmly in opposition to any vital assault.
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars since 2008.
The border alternate got here as Palestinians put together to mark Eid al-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice.