10,000 Palestinians protest on Gaza border, 24 said injured

February 1, 2019
Regular Friday demonstration comes with an Egyptian delegation said to be in the Strip in attempt to maintain relative calm

Palestinians demonstrate near the fence along the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, on February 1, 2019

Times of Israel staff and Adam Ragson write, “Some 10,000 Palestinians took part in violent protests along the Gaza border on Friday, burning tires and hurling rocks and explosive devices at IDF soldiers. Troops were responding to the demonstrators with tear gas and occasional live fire. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza said 23 protesters were injured by live fire in clashes with Israeli security forces along the border and a female paramedic was hit in the face with a tear gas canister.”

“The weekly protest comes with an Egyptian security delegation reportedly in the Gaza Strip to meet Hamas leaders and discuss efforts to maintain calm in and around the coastal enclave. The delegation is being led by Ahmed Abdelkhaliq, the official in the Egyptian General Intelligence Services responsible for Palestinian affairs, reports said. For the past several months, Egypt, United Nations special coordinator to the Middle East peace process Nikolay Mladenov and Qatar have worked to preserve calm in Gaza and prevent flareups between Israel and terror groups in the Strip.” (more…)


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