Gazans breach border, Israel slashes fuel ‘until violence stops’

14 October, 2018, 15:24 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Israeli soldiers carry out searches after an army reservist was stabbed and wounded at the Hawara checkpoint south of the West Bank city of Nablus

The prospects of peace in Gaza following the Qatar fuel deal were shattered on Friday when seven Palestinians were killed and dozens more injured in the Gaza Strip in clashes with Israel Defense Forces (IDF), according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

CNN crews witnessed Palestinians throwing grenades and burning tires, and burning the border fence - with Israeli forces responding with tear gas, live fire and a water cannon. After it exploded and blew a hole in the fence, some 20 Palestinians came through and ran toward Israeli soldiers stationed in a snipers' position.

Israeli fire has killed 155 Palestinians during the protests since they began in March.

Among the 252 Palestinians injured, 154 were shot by gunshots, including 50 children, 10 women, two paramedics and one local journalist.

The men subsequently approached an Israeli border post and were shot, the Israeli army said.

The majority were killed during border demonstrations, though others died in airstrikes and tank shelling.

"Israel will not tolerate a situation in which fuel tankers are allowed to enter Gaza on the one hand, while terror and violence are used against IDF soldiers and Israeli citizens on the other", Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's office said on Friday.

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Tensions have been running high near the fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests dubbed "The Great March of Return".

The Israeli military said 14,000 Palestinians thronged the border fence areas Friday.

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw a rock at Israeli forces along the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza city on October 12, 2018.

Israel has seen thousands of liters of Qatari-bought fuel trucked into Gaza daily to boost the impoverished territory's electricity supply, after a deal, brokered by the United Nations and backed by the United States, was reached earlier this week.

Israel announced on Friday as well it would halt fuel deliveries headed to the besieged Gaza Strip in response to what it said were attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians.

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