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September 15, 2018 1:56 pm

Palestinians Claim Three Killed as 13,000 Riot on Gaza Border; Israel Retaliates With Tank Fire, Airstrikes on Hamas Positions

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Palestinians riot on the Israel-Gaza Strip border, May 14, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa.

Violence erupted on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip over the weekend, with over 13,000 rioters reported in six locations along the border fence and a Palestinian claim of three fatalities.

Israel’s crowd-control measures were backed up with tank fire and air strikes against Hamas targets in the Strip.

According to Israel’s Channel 2, the rioters threw Molotov cocktails, rocks, and at least two grenades at Israeli forces. An IDF officer was lightly wounded by shrapnel from a pipe bomb.

Israel responded to the grenade attacks with tank fire and air strikes.

“The Hamas terrorist group is responsible for everything that happens in and from the Gaza Strip,” an IDF spokesperson said. “Hamas continues to try to harm our defense infrastructure and the security forces along the security fence by using the Gaza Strip’s civilians as a shield … for terror activities.”

In addition, the IDF identified nine infiltrators who breached the fence and then made a hasty retreat back into Gaza. An improvised explosive device was found and defused.

The use of arson terror continued, with two fires being set by incendiary balloons in nearby communities. The fires were quickly brought under control.

Palestinian sources claimed that three rioters aged between 14 and 30 were killed.

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