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Expecting violent protests to endure, IDF troops hold their positions

The army does not expect the violent protests along the Gaza security to end shortly and is leaving in place the current number of soldiers along the border, hours after the demonstrations began.

“We are ready for any scenario,” an army official says.

The official says this could include any number of things, including attempts to infiltrate the border, attacks with improvised explosive devices or rocket fire.

According to the army, some 30,000 Palestinians are taking part in the demonstrations. Protesters are throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at the troops on the other side of the border and are trying to damage the security fence with fires and cutting tools, the official says.

As of Friday evening, at least nine rioters were killed and over 1,000 were injured by Israeli troops, according to Palestinian health services.

— Judah Ari-Gross

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