One Palestinian Said Killed, Five Wounded by Live Israeli Fire During Gaza Protests

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Palestinians demonstrate on the Gaza border fence, October 22, 2018.
Palestinians demonstrate on the Gaza border fence, October 22, 2018. Credit: Khalil Hamra/AP

One Palestinian was killed and five were shot and wounded by live Israeli fire Tuesday evening in clashes along the border fence in the central Gaza Strip, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. 

The Gaza Health Ministry identified the fatality as a 17-year-old male, Monetsir Mohammed Elbaz.

Monetsir Mohammed Elbaz

Three fires reportedly broke out Tuesday in the area around the Gaza Strip, sparked by incendiary balloons launched from the Strip. Firefighters assisted by the Jewish National Fund and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority took control of all the blazes.

Meanwhile, it was reported Tuesday that Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will no longer be able to decide on his own to stop shipments of fuel and humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip following criticism of his recent decisions on the matter.

On Monday Lieberman told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that he does not believe in an agreement with Hamas. “This didn’t work, it doesn’t work and it won’t work in the future either. Israel does not have the luxury of choosing to conduct wars and operations. But we have reached the point where we do not have a choice. My position is clear, we’ve reached the point where decisions must be made. We’ve exhausted all the options.”

A molotov cocktail that landed in Israeli territory, October 2018. Credit: Eliyahu Hershkowitz

Also on Monday it was reported in Gaza that a delegation of Egyptian intelligence officials headed by General Ahmed Abdel Khalek, who is in charge of the Palestinian portfolio, had arrived in the Strip to continue meetings with senior Hamas officials in an attempt to calm things down.

On Friday the Israel Air Force attacked two squads of Palestinian who launched incendiary balloons toward Israel from the southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian news outlets reported that two people were wounded during the attack on Friday, one seriously. 

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