Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian During Gaza Rioting

GAZA (Reuters) -

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 25 people including two medics on Monday in response to attacks against them during riotings along the Gaza Strip’s beachfront border with Israel, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

Witnesses said dozens of protesters in the northern Gaza Strip burned tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind Israel’s frontier fence and that troops fired live bullets and tear gas.

The Israeli military, estimating the crowd at around 3,000 people, said explosive devices were also thrown at troops deployed on the Israeli side of the fence along the beach.

The soldiers, a military spokesman said, responded with “riot dispersal means and live fire.”

The Gaza Health Ministry said a 27-year-old Palestinian man was killed by the Israeli gunfire.

The deadly incident follows that of Sunday, when three Palestinian boys were killed in an Israeli air strike at the Gaza frontier, medics said. Israel said it targeted Palestinians trying to blow up part of the fence.

Some of the protesters on Monday held photos of the three youngsters. The Health Ministry said two were aged 13 and one was a 14-year-old.

The two countries have said those measures stem from security concerns.