At least 14 Palestinians were injured by Israeli gunfire on Friday during protests along the Gaza border, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.
Thousands of demonstrators turned out for the protests but largely kept their distance from the fortified frontier. An AFP correspondent said protesters held back from launching burning tires or balloons carrying flaming material towards Israel – tactics they have frequently used since the border protests erupted in March. Demonstrators were directed “to keep back from the separation fence and to maintain peaceful protests… to give a chance to Egyptian efforts to calm things down,” an organizer told AFP.
It marked the second straight Friday of lighter protests since an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on November 13 ended the worst violence between Israel and Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas since the 2014 war.
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