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April 20, 2018 9:23 am

Palestinian Rioters Seek to Breach Border Fence in Renewed Gaza Violence

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Rioters use a large slingshot to hurl stones during clashes with IDF troops on the Israel-Gaza border, April 20, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Mohammed Salem.

Two Palestinian rioters were killed in renewed unrest on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday as a series of demonstrations in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave reached its half-way mark.

Some rioters brought wire cutters to breach the border fence. Rioters also threw stones and burned tires.

As the crowd grew, Israeli soldiers called out warnings in Arabic over loudspeakers to individuals who approached the border fence.

Some rioters on Friday fitted kites with cans of flammable liquids which they hoped to fly across the border and start fires in Israel.

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Israel has accused Hamas of staging the riots and trying to carry out attacks.

Early in the morning, the IDF used a new tactic, dropping leaflets into Gaza warning residents to not approach the border.

“The Hamas terror organization is taking advantage of you in order to carry out terror attacks. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is prepared for all scenarios. Stay away from the fence and do not attempt to harm it,” said the leaflets scattered by Israeli aircraft in areas along the border.

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