Four Palestinians Killed; Israel Strikes Hamas Post After Gaza Fire Wounds Two Soldiers

Palestinian Healthy Ministry reports two dead from strike, two dead and 51 wounded at weekly Gaza border protests ■ Israeli soldiers evacuated after suffering moderate and light wounds from live gunfire from the Strip

Palestinian protesters try to climb the border fence with Israel during clashes following a demonstration along the border east of Gaza City on May 3, 2019.
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UPDATE: Dozens of rockets fired from Gaza at Israel, Iron Dome intercepts several

Four Palestinians were killed Friday, two in an Israeli airstrike Friday on a Hamas outpost in the southern Gaza Strip and two by live Israeli fire in protests along the border.

On Saturday morning, the Israeli military said a rocket was launched from Gaza toward Israel, causing no injuries or damange.

The Israeli military struck the Strip Friday after two soldiers were wounded by Palestinian gunfire near the border fence.

The two soldiers, one of whom is an officer, were wounded moderately and lightly and evacuated for further treatement. Two Gazans were killed in the strike and two other were evacuated for medical attention after the strike, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

Israeli tanks opened fire on Palestinian protesters east of al-Bureij camp, according to Palestinian sources. According to the Gaza health ministry two Palestinians were killed and 51 were wounded by Israeli fire in the weekly demonstration Friday.

The two are Raed Abu Teir, 19, who was shot by live Israeli fire in a protest east of Khan Younis, and Abdullah Mahmoud Abu Malouh, 33, who was shot in the central Strip.

In addition, the two Palestinians killed in the Israeli airstrike are Abdullah Abu Malouh, 33, from Nuseirat refugee camp and Alaa al-Bubli, 29, from al-Maghazi refugee camp, both affiliated with Hamas' military wing, Iz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

The joint operations room for Hamas and other Gaza factions announced it is on high alert and preparing a response to the killing of Palestinians. 

The Israel Defense Forces' spokesman said Saturday that some roads and sites along the Gaza border, including the Zikim beach, would be closed off after Friday's incident, which come as Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials are in Egypt in an attempt to bring about a calm in the border.

Islamic Jihad is said to be aware that Israel is avoiding a substantial response ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Some 5,200 Palestinians were protesting in several locations along the Gaza border fence, with some burning tires and throwing rocks and incendiary devices, as well as attempting to sabotage the border fence. The IDF responded with means of riot control, including live ammunition.

Earlier on Friday, three fires were extinguished in Israeli communities near the Gaza border as a result of incendiary baloons flown from Gaza.