Three Palestinians Killed by Israeli Army After Trying to Breach Gaza Border

Two Palestinians shot, one to death, after trying to damage border fence ■ In separate incident, two Palestinians shot after throwing firebombs at soldiers

Palestinian protesters gather while Israeli troops fire teargas near the fence during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, April 27, 2018.
Adel Hana/AP

Three Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers Sunday evening in two separate incidents on the Gaza border.

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Israeli soldiers shot two Palestinians after they tried to damage the border fence, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. The army confirmed one of the Palestinians was killed, and the other was apprehended and taken in for questioning.

In a separate incident, two Palestinians threw firebombs at Israeli soldiers stationed near the fence before soldiers responded with fire, killing both.

In a third incident, two Palestinians armed with tools meant to damage the border fence and knives were arrested attempting to breach the border in southern Gaza.

Earlier on Sunday, Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian man for attempting to sabotage security measures along the border fence. The man, who the military says is a member of Hamas, was transferred for investigation by security forces.

Israeli army footage of Palestinian suspect trying to sabotage Gaza border crossingIDF Spokesperson's Unit

A video distributed by the Israeli army shows thermal imaging of a man climbing the fence and tampering with what appears to be a security camera. The video included a caption reading: "During operational activity, IDF identified a terrorist belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization as he hampers security measures in the Karni Crossing under the cover of the mist."

According to the army, hundreds of Palestinians rushed the border in central Gaza on Friday during the weekly protests along the fence. Several were wounded by Israeli fire in response. The army added that more than 10,000 Palestinians participated in Friday's events, saying "attempts have been made to harm security infrastructure, roll burning tires, hurl rocks and fly kites with flaming objects attached to them."

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that four Palestinians were killed and at least 833 were wounded in Friday's events, the fifth consecutive demonstration in a series of protests known as the "March of Return."

Following the protests, Palestinian media reported four were wounded in Israeli bombings across the Gaza Strip. IDF spokesperson released a statement shortly after the reports, confirming the airstrike, saying it was in response to the "terrorist actions and extensive attempts to breach Israeli territory earlier today."