Some 6500 Palestinians participated in the weekly protests along the Israeli-Gazan border on Friday, June 14. Some 46 Gazans were wounded in the protests, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, as the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reportedly fired tear gas at demonstrators attempting to damage the border fence. At least seven fires broke out in Israeli territory near the border - three in Eshkol Regional Council and four in Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council - due to incendiary balloons launched from the Gaza Strip.
Heightened tensions, additional demonstrations, and clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians are to be expected along the Israeli-Gazan border over the coming weeks.
Palestinians have staged weekly protests at the Israeli-Gazan border fence since March 30, 2018. Over 260 Palestinians have been killed, including 15 on the first day of demonstrations, and nearly 7000 have been wounded.
Individuals in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of violence, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments. 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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