Gaza: Witnesses said clashes resumed at night between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops on Saturday (August 28, 2021) near the borders between the eastern Gaza Strip and Israel for the first time in two years.
He said members of so-called “night disturbance units” arrived in the border area with Israel, lit tyres, detonated hand-made bombs, blew whistles and clashed with soldiers stationed on the borders.
Witnesses said Israeli soldiers fired live shots and fired tear gas from small drones to disperse protesters, who raised slogans against Israel and tried to reach border fences.
Medical sources said at least seven protesters were shot and injured. One was shot in the head and is in critical condition and the other six have minor injuries on their legs.
The decision to resume protests near the borders with Israel was made on Saturday by members of “nightly unrest units”, which include members of various Palestinian factions, including the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
“These activities have resumed and will continue until the siege is lifted and Palestinian demands are met,” the group said. He said the activities would include launching incendiary balloons.
Protests in the Gaza Strip were recently extended near the border fence after Israel tightened the blockade imposed since 2007.
Leaders of Palestinian factions say that anti-Israel activities in eastern Gaza will continue until Israel lifts the blockade completely.