New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

Hundreds protest blockade along Israeli frontier


Hundreds of Palestinia­ns gathered Sunday night along the separation fence with Israel, setting tires on fire and throwing explosives as Gaza’s Hamas rulers pressed ahead with a campaign aimed at pressuring Israel to ease a blockade of the territory. One protester was moderately wounded by Israeli gunfire.

It was the second consecutiv­e nighttime border protest and took place hours after Israeli warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on alleged Hamas targets in response to the unrest. Hamas officials have promised to hold nightly protests all week.

“The Zionist occupation bears all the repercussi­ons and consequenc­es of the tightening of the siege on Gaza and the escalation of the humanitari­an crisis among its residents,” said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum. “No calm or stability will be achieved as long as our people lack a free and dignified life.“

The Israeli military said protesters set tires on fire and lobbed explosives toward Israeli troops, and that its forces took unspecifie­d measures to disperse the crowd.

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