Palestinian Killed in Gaza Border Rioting

GAZA (Reuters/Hamodia) -

Israeli troops shot a Gazan youth on Tuesday when they came under attack during a protest on the Gaza border.

The Israeli military said that about 200 protesters burned tires and threw explosive devices toward the fence. Israeli troops opened fire at one protester who approached the fence and lobbed an explosive device.

Ashraf Al-Qidra, spokesman for Gaza’s health ministry, said 17-year-old Muntaser al-Baz died in hospital after being shot in the head by Israeli troops. Seven others were also wounded, according to Palestinian sources.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said she had no details of Palestinian casualties who were on the Gaza side of the border.

Meanwhile, three fires broke out along the Gaza border, where hundreds of Palestinians were burning tires on Tuesday during clashes with the IDF.

Firefighters were dispatched to the Gvaram forest, where about 120 dunams burned. Two planes helped to bring the blaze under control. Investigators determined that the fire was caused by an incendiary balloon launched from Gaza.

In addition, a fire that broke out in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council was caused by Molotov cocktails.