Four Palestinians Cross Gaza Fence, Turn Back Under Israeli Army Fire

While in Israel, the four threw a firebomb and set up a tent with the words, 'The March of Return. Returning to the land of Palestine,' the IDF says

Palestinians confront Israeli forces as tear gas are shot during a demonstration along the border between Israel and the Gaza strip, east of Khan Yunis, on May 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB
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Four Palestinians crossed the Gaza border fence into Israel on Saturday and threw a firebomb before fleeing back to Gaza under Israeli fire, the IDF spokesperson said.

According to the Israeli army, the four were in Israel for about a minute and left a tent that read "The March of Return. Returning to the land of Palestine."

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Meanwhile, a 41-year-old Palestinian died of wounds sustained during protests some days ago at the border between Gaza and Israel, the Gaza Health Ministry reported on Saturday.

The death of Hussein Abu Awida raised the number of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip since March 30, the start of the demonstrations, to 116. During this period, five more people were killed in the West Bank.

Another Palestinian, 24, who was wounded last week by Israeli fire, died from his injuries Friday, according to Gaza's Health Ministry. 

Yasser Habib was protesting east of Gaza City against the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He was later taken to a hospital in Jerusalem where he eventually died of his wounds.

DPA contributed background to this story.