Two Palestinian teens were killed by Israeli army fire during protests near the Gaza border on Saturday afternoon, raising the death toll from Israeli fire in the Strip in the last two days to 9, according to Palestinian media.
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Shortly after, dozens of Palestinians broke through the border fence in the southern Gaza Strip. According to the IDF, they were quickly contained. Five were arrested and the rest returned into the Strip.
According to Palestinian media, 12-year-old Marwan Barbakh and 15-year-old Khalil Othman were killed east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. An earlier report said a 13-year-old was killed near the Erez Crossing to the north of the Strip, but the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza later corrected its statement and said he was seriously wounded.
At least nine others were also wounded, Palestinian reports said.
Israel Defense Forces said dozens of Palestinian protesters in the southern Strip made several attempts to harm Israeli troops and the border fence. After repeated warnings, the troops fired at three "main agitators," targeting the lower body, the IDF said.
Seven Gazans were killed by Israeli fire and more than 60 others were wounded on Friday, when hundreds of Palestinians marched toward the security fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel in solidarity with West Bank residents.
Following the clashes, rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel, one late Friday and the second one overnight Saturday. Palestinian sources said the first one failed to reach Israeli territory and exploded within the Strip. A second rocket exploded in an open field in Israel not far from the border. No damage or injuries were reported.
Israel had deployed Iron Dome batteries in southern Israel before the rockets were fired, following on concerns that militant groups in Gaza would seek revenge for the deadly clashes earlier.