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 26, leaving at least five Palestinian protesters dead and 85 more wounded. An estimated 16,000 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.
Palestinian protesters have rallied at the Gaza border fence since March 30 in a Hamas-supported movement dubbed "The Great March of Return." Over 200 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier have been killed in border clashes since the protests began.
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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