Forty-eight Gazans Wounded by Israeli Gunfire in Border Protests, Palestinians Report

Two of the wounded are volunteer paramedics, says health ministry in the Strip

Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli forces in the central Gaza Strip, September 20, 2019.
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Seventy-five Palestinians were wounded Friday, 48 by Israeli gunfire, during weekly protests along the border fence, Gaza's Health Ministry said. 

According to the Health Ministry, two of the wounded are volunteer paramedics. 

This comes just two days after seven Palestinians were wounded after a rocket barrage from the Gaza Strip exploded near a house inside the coastal enclave.

Palestinian eyewitnesses said Wednesday that two of the three rockets struck outside a home in the southern city of Rafah, and a third fell near the fence separating Israel and the Gaza Strip.

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The Israeli military said it had identified "a failed launch attempt" from the Gaza Strip, but that no projectiles entered Israel.

On Monday it was revealed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu aborted plans for an unusual military move, which would likely have had far-reaching implications, at the last moment the week before. 

Such operation could have delayed Israel's general election which took place on Tuesday. 

Netanyahu did so due to a legal opinion by Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit that the plan required the approval of the security cabinet.

The dramatic discussion over a potential military action began last Tuesday night. A few hours earlier, Netanyahu had gone through a disturbing experience: Gaza-based Islamic Jihad operatives fired a Katyusha rocket at the southern city Ashdod, where he was speaking at a campaign rally.