For the third Friday in a row, Palestinians are rioting on the Israeli-Gaza border. The Times of Israel reports that there are thousands of protesters on the border, attacking the IDF troops there and attempting to breach the border fence:
Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Friday hurled an explosive device and firebombs at Israeli troops manning the border, during what the Israel Defense Forces described as “several attempts” to damage the fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip and cross over into Israeli territory.
Thousands of Palestinians were taking part in violent riots in five locations along the length of the border, the army said. In addition to trying to cross the barrier, a number of attacks were carried out, with demonstrators throwing Molotov cocktails and explosives at Israeli soldiers.
The army said it had used live fire and crowd dispersal methods, in accordance with IDF open-fire regulations.
“The IDF will not permit damage to the security fence or infrastructure that protects Israeli citizens and will act against the violent rioters and terrorists involved,” the army said...
In northern Gaza, a large Israeli flag was burned that had earlier been set on the ground for protesters to walk over. Demonstrators also carried Israeli flags with pictures of the soldiers and civilians captured and held by the Hamas terror group in Gaza. Palestinians also sought to pull away barbed wire set up by Israeli forces to keep them away from the fence, an AFP journalist said.
Organizers were calling on Friday’s demonstrators to burn Israeli flags and raise Palestinian ones. Several thousand had already gathered at various locations, but the largest crowds were expected in the afternoon after the main weekly Muslim prayers...