Three Palestinians were reportedly injured in clashes with the IDF along the Gaza-Israel border Saturday morning.
Palestinian media reported that a young man sustained moderate wounds after being hit in the face by an IDF tear gas grenade. The IDF confirmed it had used riot control measures to disperse a crowd of Palestinians near the border fence along the northern Gaza Strip.
In a separate incident, Palestinian sources reported that two men were wounded by IDF fire east of Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Strip. The army said it was investigating the incident.
Saturday’s violence came amid an increase in friction along the Israel-Gaza border since Operation Pillar of Defense in November. Gaza officials claimed that since the ceasefire took effect, Israeli soldiers have killed three Palestinians and wounded more than 40 in border incidents.
The IDF on Monday shot and moderately injured a Palestinian near the Erez crossing in the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources reported. Adbullah Maaroof, 19, was shot in the leg and taken to the Kamal Udwan hospital in Beit Lahiya for treatment, Palestinian Ma’an News Agency reported, citing medics in the Gaza Strip.
The IDF Spokesperson said that several Palestinians approached the border fence and that the soldiers acted in accordance with the rules of engagement. After the Palestinians failed to respond to calls to distance themselves from the fence, the soldiers fired toward the men’s legs.
Ilan Ben Zion contributed to this report.