Two Palestinian youths who approached the Gaza Strip’s border fence with Israel were reported to have been shot by IDF soldiers on Tuesday. They sustained moderate wounds and were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

The youths had taken part in demonstration near Shuja’iya, a neighborhood in the eastern part of Gaza City, before they were fired upon, the report said.

On Friday, 13 Palestinian protesters were wounded by Israeli army gunfire in clashes near the border fence in the central Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian medical sources.

An army spokeswoman told AFP that hundreds of Palestinians had been throwing stones at Israeli soldiers beyond the border fence and attempting to sabotage the barrier.

Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip carry an injured boy during clashes with Israeli security forces along the border fence February 21, 2014 (photo credit: Mahmud Hams/AFP)

Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip carry an injured boy during clashes with Israeli security forces along the border fence February 21, 2014 (photo credit: Mahmud Hams/AFP)

Tensions have risen in and around Hamas-ruled Gaza after a year of relative calm, with Palestinian terrorists firing projectiles at Israel and the Jewish state targeting Hamas facilities and gunmen.

According to army figures Palestinians have shot over 35 rockets that hit southern Israel since the beginning of 2014.

AFP and Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report.