Israel says 3 Palestinian infiltrators from Gaza killed
Israeli troops fatally shot two Palestinians who infiltrated the country from Gaza and in a separate incident killed another Palestinian who tried to breach the border Sunday night, the military said.
Another Palestinian was detained in the latter incident, and two more were caught trying to cross the border in a third case, the military said.
The Gaza border has been tense in recent weeks, with the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules Gaza urging mass Palestinian protests there every Friday as part of a weekslong campaign against a decade-old blockade of the territory. The protests have turned violent and 39 Palestinians have been killed during the unrest, which began March 30.
Israel says that it is defending its sovereign border, including nearby communities, and that its troops target only instigators. Israel accuses Hamas, which is sworn to Israel’s destruction, of trying to carry out attacks under the guise of the protests.