Gaza Violence Resumes, but at Lower Intensity

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Palestinian demonstrators at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

One Palestinian was killed by IDF fire on Tuesday during sporadic clashes on the Gaza border, the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said.

The man killed was identified as Nasser Ghorab, 51, in an incident east of Bureij in the central Gaza Strip. Further details were not yet available.

IDF forces arrested several suspects attempting to infiltrate into Israel from Gaza early Tuesday evening, the IDF spokesperson said.

The suspects were apprehended near the border fence and taken in for questioning.

However, the scope of violence at the border was significantly reduced on Tuesday, as only about 400 Palestinians rioted at the fence, as compared to as many as 50,000 on Monday, according to an IDF estimate.

During the day, thousands of Palestinians participated in funerals for those killed on Monday, where additional anger and incitement prevailed.

While the Gaza fence was quieter, the security situation in Palestinian areas of Yehudah and Shomron flared up on Tuesday.

Riots involving upwards of 1,300 Palestinians at 18 different places broke out in Beit Lechem, Ramallah, Chevron and Shechem. A border policeman and a soldier were lightly wounded by rocks thrown at them.

The protests mark the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians call the Nakba, or “catastrophe” — the uprooting of hundreds of thousands who fled or were expelled during the 1948 Israeli Independence War.

Tires were set afire, rocks and Molotov cocktails were hurled at Israeli troops, the army said. The soldiers responded with less-lethal riot dispersal weapons, notably tear gas and rubber bullets.

The troops “are prepared for a variety of scenarios,” the army said.