Report: Two Palestinian Youths Killed by Israeli Fire Near Gaza Border

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File Photo: A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes on the Israel-Gaza border, October 9, 2015.Credit: AP

Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire during clashes along the Gaza border on Friday, Palestinian media reported. 

The two were identified by the Palestinian Health Ministry as 18-year-old Mohammed Abu Ziad and 26-year-old Mohammed Majdi Abu Kita.

In the clashes, east of the Bureij refugee camp in the center of the Strip, at least 10 other youths were wounded in varying degrees of severity, Palestinian medical sources said. 

Israel's military said Palestinians rushed the border and tried to damage the fence. Soldiers called on them to stop and fired warning shots in the air. When they persisted, troops fired "at rioters posing a threat of infiltration."

Clashes erupted in the West Bank as well. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, five Palestinians were wounded by live and rubber bullets, and dozens suffered injuries from smoke and tear gas inhalation. 

On Wednesday morning, the Israel Air Force struck a cell that was planting explosives in the northern Gaza Strip, near the border fence, on Wednesday morning. Officials in Gaza reported that one person was killed and three were wounded in the attack.

In December, a Palestinian was reportedly shot dead in clashes near the Gaza border fence in the center of the Strip. He was identified as Sami Maadi, 38. In October, a Palestinian was killed and three others were wounded by IDF gunfire in clashes near the border fence. A senior Israeli officer said that the Gazan who was killed was a member of a sniper cell that was attacked by security forces.   

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