Palestinian Said Killed by IDF Fire in Clashes Along Gaza-Israel Border

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Omar Daud Ashtiwi, 21-year-old, was killed in Gaza on September 23, 2018
Omar Daud Ashtiwi, 21-year-old, was killed in Gaza on September 23, 2018Credit: No credit

A Palestinian was killed and 20 others were wounded by Israeli military fire and hospitalized after clashes along the border fence east of Gaza City and in southern and central Gaza, the Strip's Health Ministry reported Sunday.

The ministry identified the man killed as Omar Daud Ashtiwi, 21. According to the ministry, Ashtiwi was shot in the head by live fire. The clashes began in the late evening, with Palestinians burning tires flying incendiary kites and balloons into Israel.

Palestinians run from tear gas during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence in the southern Gaza Strip, September 21, 2018.Credit: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Meanwhile, the Israeli military said that it struck a group of Palestinians who flew incendiary balloons into Israel from the northern Gaza Strip.

Similar events unfolded on Saturday evening, when authorities in Gaza said 11 Palestinians were wounded in clashes while the military reported that an Israeli aircraft fired at a group releasing incendiary balloons.

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The border clashes have become a daily event in the evening hours as Hamas seeks to tie up Israeli forces along the entire border by deploying what it defines as "night units."

Also Saturday, senior Egyptian intelligence officials visited the Gaza Strip  to meet with senior Hamas officials. The main topics of discussion were the stalled reconciliation talks between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority and efforts to arrange a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.

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