Israeli Forces Exchange Fire With Palestinian in Northern Gaza

No soldiers were hurt in the incident, military says

FILE PHOTO: Israeli tanks are seen on the border with Gaza, August 10, 2018.
\ Eliyahu Hershkovitz

Israeli forces opened fire at a Palestinian man who had fired shots at them in the northern Gaza Strip, the military said, adding that no soldiers were hurt in the incident.

The exchange of fire came a day after Israel announced it had closed the Erez crossing for movement, with the exception of pressing humanitarian cases, due to the ongoing clashes at the Gaza border that carried on over the weekend.

Two Palestinians were killed and hundreds more were injured in clashes with the Israeli military amid protests along the border, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday. According to the Israeli military, several Palestinians attempted to breach the border fence and thousands disrupted order in the area, prompting forces to use riot dispersal means, including live fire.

The violence unfolded despite the fact that a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel went into effect Wednesday. The truce is part of a wider agreement, which is being brokered by Egypt and the United Nations.

The agreement is expected to be announced this week, Egyptian sources told Al-Hayat newspaper Saturday, and will include a commitment to rebuild Gaza's infrastructure and a prisoner swap to secure the release of Israeli civilians and soldiers' remains held by the Palestinian organization.