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Gazans riot near border fence, at least 3 injured

IDF soldiers fire warning shots at Palestinians who approached barrier in central Strip

Palestinian university students burn an Israeli flag during a rally to express their solidarity with Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem on October 14, 2015 in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
Palestinian university students burn an Israeli flag during a rally to express their solidarity with Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem on October 14, 2015 in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)

Dozens of Palestinians on Wednesday demonstrated near the border fence separating Israel and the central Gaza Strip.

IDF soldiers manning the border east of the Bureij refugee camp fired warning shots at two people who approached the fence, injuring them, Ynet reported.

The Hamas Health Ministry spokesperson said three people were injured by live fire from Israel near the border fence. He reiterated the Hamas line urging Palestinians from refraining from approaching the border fence with Israel.

The incident along the border of the central Gaza Strip was the latest in a slew of attacks on Israeli security personnel near the security fence.

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Palestinians opened fire Tuesday at the vehicle of a senior IDF officer which was patrolling near the border fence in the central Gaza Strip. No injuries were reported but the car was damaged, according to Channel 2. Earlier this week, another Israeli car was targeted in a similar shooting attack.

Also Tuesday, dozens of Palestinians broke through the border fence separating Israel and Gaza during a violent demonstration in the southern Strip, the IDF said.

Troops on the scene used nonlethal riot control measures to force the Gaza residents back, an IDF spokeswoman stated. Measures included tear gas, rubber bullets and other means besides live rounds.

Last Friday, clashes between Palestinian rioters and IDF troops on the Gaza border left at least six Palestinians dead.

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