Woman killed, soldier wounded on Gaza bor­der,

13,000 Pales­tini­ans take part in vi­o­lent Fri­day protest • IDF strikes Ha­mas po­si­tions in re­sponse • At­tempted stab­bing attack thwarted near He­bron

The Jerusalem Post - - FRONT PAGE - • By ANNA AHRONHEIM

A Pales­tinian woman was killed and an IDF soldier was lightly wounded on Fri­day dur­ing vi­o­lent protests along the Gaza bor­der, where thou­sands of Pales­tini­ans gath­ered for weekly protests.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pales­tinian Health Min­istry in Gaza, a Pales­tinian woman iden­ti­fied as 43-year-old Amal Mustafa Taramsi was killed af­ter she was shot in the head by IDF troops east of Gaza City. An­other 25 peo­ple, in­clud­ing a jour­nal­ist and sev­eral medics, were re­ported in­jured af­ter an am­bu­lance was hit by a gas bomb.

The mil­i­tary said some 13,000 Pales­tini­ans par­tic­i­pated in the ri­ots along the se­cu­rity fence, burn­ing tires, throw­ing rocks, fire bombs and hand grenades to­ward troops, and try­ing to breach the se­cu­rity fence.

Ac­cord­ing to the mil­i­tary, three Pales­tini­ans were able to breach the north­ern part of fence, prompt­ing IDF troops to open fire. The three men crossed back over shortly there­after.

“IDF troops mon­i­tored the sus­pects in each in­ci­dent and all the sus­pects re­turned to the Gaza Strip soon af­ter cross­ing,” the army said.

One soldier was lightly wounded by a stone dur­ing the vi­o­lent protests and was taken to a hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Is­raeli soldiers re­sponded with riot-dis­per­sal meth­ods that in­cluded tear gas and live fire. The mil­i­tary said it hit three Ha­mas po­si­tions in re­sponse to the vi­o­lent in­ci­dents.

More than 205 Pales­tini­ans have been killed and more than 22,000 in­jured since the March of Re­turn protests along Gaza bor­der be­gan on March 30, ac­cord­ing to the Pales­tinian Health Min­istry in Gaza. The protests call for an end of the 12-year-long Is­raeli block­ade of the Gaza Strip.

The vi­o­lent protests came a day af­ter a del­e­ga­tion of se­nior Egyp­tian in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials en­tered the Gaza Strip to meet with se­nior Ha­mas mem­bers in an at­tempt to pre­vent an es­ca­la­tion of vi­o­lence.

The del­e­ga­tion, led by Egyp­tian Gen­eral In­tel­li­gence Ser­vices Deputy Chief Ay­man Ba­dia, left through the Erez cross­ing Fri­day af­ter­noon and headed to West Bank city of Ra­mal­lah to meet with Pales­tinian Author­ity of­fi­cials.

Ear­lier on Fri­day, a Pales­tinian at­tempted to stab IDF troops sta­tioned at a mil­i­tary post next to the Gi­vat Ha’avot neigh­bor­hood of Kiryat Arba near He­bron. The at­tacker was shot and wounded by nearby troops, the mil­i­tary said. No soldiers were in­jured in the attack.

(Ibra­heem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

PALES­TINI­ANS RUN for cover from tear gas dur­ing a protest at the Is­rael-Gaza bor­der fence on Fri­day.

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