Two Palestinians Killed by IDF Fire Near Border, Gaza Health Ministry Says

46 wounded in clashes with Israeli forces, Gaza authorities say ■ IDF says it has no initial knowledge of casualties or use of live fire

Palestinians burn tires near the Erez crossing on the Israel-Gaza border, September 18, 2018.
AP / Adel Hana

Two Palestinians were shot to death by the Israeli military during clashes between Palestinians and IDF forces near the Erez crossing on the Israel-Gaza border on Tuesday, Gaza's Health Ministry said. 

The ministry reported that 46 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli military fire during the clashes. The Israeli military had no initial knowledge of any casualties or that live fire had been used, a spokeswoman said, according to Reuters.

According to a doctor in a Gaza hospital, two of the casualties were wounded by live ammunition, suffering bullet wounds to the chest and the back.

On Monday, two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip. According to the IDF, the strike hit a group that had placed a suspicious object near the border fence along southern Gaza. Gaza's Health Ministry identified those killed as Naji Jamil Abu Assi, 18, and Ala Abu Assi, 21.

Some 450 Palestinian protesters rallied along the Gaza border on Saturday, hurling rocks and hand grenades toward Israeli troops. The clashes came after two Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire during confrontations along the Israel-Gaza border fence Friday.