Palestinians riot on Gaza border for second time in days; 5 said wounded

IDF troops respond with crowd dispersal means and live fire against suspects detonating explosives on security barrier, setting tires on fire

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Tires burn as Palestinian rioters clash with Israeli soldiers along the Israel-Gaza border on September 15, 2023. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)
Tires burn as Palestinian rioters clash with Israeli soldiers along the Israel-Gaza border on September 15, 2023. (Mohammed Abed/AFP)

Hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip rioted on the border with Israel on Sunday afternoon, for the second time in days.

The Israel Defense Forces said the rioters set fire to tires and detonated explosive devices on the security barrier.

Troops responded with crowd dispersal means and live fire in some cases.

The Hamas-run health ministry in the Gaza Strip said five Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire.

The Hamas terror group, which rules the territory, appears to have resumed regular violent protests along the frontier, with an increasing number of riots in recent weeks.

On Friday, the IDF carried out a drone strike against a Hamas observation post in the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rioting along the border.

The rioting on Friday and Sunday comes as Israeli security forces are on high alert during the Rosh Hashanah holiday, amid a rise in warnings and intelligence tips about possible terror attacks.

There have been several other riots along the Gaza border in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, six Palestinian rioters were killed, during an attempt to detonate a makeshift bomb on the border amid a riot.

The recent riots signal a return by Hamas and other terror factions in the Gaza Strip to a policy of regular mass protests and violence along the border, as Hamas seeks to draw attention to the worsening living conditions in the impoverished coastal strip after Qatar, one of the biggest donors of the regime, cut back on monthly disbursements.

Weekly protests along the frontier began at the end of March 2018 and continued almost every Friday until the end of 2019, with the demand that Israel lift its restrictions on the movement of people and goods into and out of the coastal enclave and a call for the return of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to lands that are now a part of the Jewish state.

Israel says its blockade of Gaza is necessary to prevent Hamas from freely arming itself for war and attacks.

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