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19 Oct 2018 | 06:23 PM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: Clashes in Gaza leave 77 Palestinians wounded Oct. 19 /update 27

Israel News Alert

Clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers in Gaza Strip leave 77 Palestinians wounded on October 19; similar protests expected in the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/26/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Jerusalem). COUNTRY/REGION West Bank

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Event

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops clashed with Palestinian protesters during the latest iteration of weekly protests in the Gaza Strip along the Israel-Gaza border, on Friday, October 19, leaving at least 77 Palestinian protesters wounded. An estimated 10,000 Palestinians participated in the demonstrations at several points along the border fence, with some burning tires, launching incendiary devices, and throwing rocks at Israeli troops. IDF soldiers reportedly responded by firing tear gas and live ammunition at the protesters. Further protests are likely along the Israel-Gaza border in the coming days and weeks.

Context

Palestinian protesters have rallied at the Gaza border fence since March 30 in a Hamas-supported movement dubbed "The Great March of Return." Around 200 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier have been killed in border clashes since the protests began.

Advice

Individuals present in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are advised to monitor developments to the situation and to avoid all protests and demonstrations due to the risk of violence. Some Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.

 

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