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Serious violence averted as over 1,000 Palestinians protest on Gaza border

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Over 1,000 Palestinians demonstrated on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Wednesday, burning tires and occasionally rushing the security fence, though the level of violence was largely kept in check by members of the Hamas terror group’s so-called restraint force.

The Israel Defense Forces, which deployed additional troops along the border ahead of the protest, responded with less-lethal riot dispersal weapons, like tear gas and stun grenades, as well as live fire in a small number of cases.

Fourteen Palestinians were injured during the demonstration, five of them from live rounds, two from rubber-coated bullets and seven from tear gas inhalation, according to the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry.

Tensions along the border have risen in recent weeks over growing unrest in the Strip at the slow progress of reconstruction following May’s 11-day conflict, known in Israel as Operation Guardian of the Walls.

Israel has severely limited the transfer of building materials and other goods into Gaza as a means of pressuring its Hamas rulers to release two Israeli civilians they are holding, along with the remains of two IDF soldiers.

The past month has seen a return of balloon-borne incendiary devices being launched from Gaza into Israel,........

© The Times of Israel

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