Israel steps up armoured deployment on Gaza border

About 10,000 Palestinians Clashing With Israeli Army on Border With Gaza (VIDEO)

A Palestinian official said Egyptian security officials had held separate meetings in the past few days with Israeli counterparts and with leaders of the Palestinian Hamas group that rules Gaza in an effort to prevent an escalation in violence.

On the border of Gaza and Israel clashes, hundreds more were injured.

More than 100 Palestinians were injured by Israeli fire during weekly protests on Friday, according to the Gaza health ministry, as Israel ramped up its military presence along the fence separating it from the blockaded Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday, two rockets were fired from the Palestinian enclave at Israel, with one destroying a house in the southern city of Beersheba.

The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza claimed 130 Palestinians were wounded in the disturbances.

The second rocket landed in the ocean, off the coast ‎‎‎‎of a major central Israeli city, the IDF said.

Egyptian intelligence officials met with Hamas and Israeli officials on Thursday in efforts to broker a cease-fire and ease months of deadly border protests.

"Starting Friday, the military will intensify its response to airborne firebombs from Gaza and will extend its range of fire during protests along the border", Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

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Mladenov, who is working with Egypt in negotiations to try and stabilize the situation in Gaza and facilitate reconciliation among the Palestinian factions, said that the arrangements that have maintained a certain calm in recent years are breaking down under growing pressure.

Dozens of Palestinians attempted to approach the fence separating Gaza from Israel and several were able to cut through the fence.

Euro-Med stressed "Israel's response to protests violates the principles of global human rights law; that is, despite the fact that protests have largely been peaceful, Israeli soldiers killed 205 people, including five women and 38 children, while also injuring 22,527 others, 18% of whom are children".

Khaled al-Batsh, a senior official in the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group and an organizer of the "March of Return" border protests in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces have killed more than 200 Palestinians in the confrontations.

The Israeli airstrikes and ground campaign to put an end to Palestinian rocket attacks resulted in the death of thousands of people, the vast majority of them Gazans.

Al-Batsh also called on participants not to give Israeli snipers a reason to open fire at them.

Last Friday, some 14,000 Palestinians thronged to the perimeter fence, burning tires and throwing rocks, firebombs and grenades at soldiers on the other side.

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