Palestinian woman killed by IDF fire in reignited Gaza protests, 25 injured
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A Palestinian woman was killed by Israeli fire during protests along the Gaza Strip's border Friday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
The Israeli Defense Forces were on high alert while protests along the border kicked off Friday afternoon as factions in the Gaza Strip vowed to ramp up demonstrations after a contentious week.
At least 25 others were injured at the protests that saw some 13,000 Gazans mass along the border fence with Israel.
As the protest's neared the end on Friday evening, Palestinians reported that IDF aircrafts had launched strikes on Hamas military positions near Khan Younis in Gaza. The IDF confirmed in a statement that it has launched strikes in response to "violent incidents" along the border.
According to the IDF, "rioters burned tires, threw stones, and threw explosive devices and grenades at IDF soldiers and the perimeter fence, during which three IDF border crossings were shot at in the northern Gaza Strip."
No casualties were reported following the Khan Younis air attack.
The Palestinian health ministry spokesman said that two journalists and a paramedic were injured after they were hit by with tear gas.
The health ministry said the woman was shot in the head by Israeli forces and named the woman as 43-year-old Amal al-Tartasi from the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City. .
According to unconfirmed reports earlier in the day, IDF fire was initiated towards Palestinians attempting to breach the security fence.
Explosive devices were also reportedly thrown at the fence as protesters tried to break through.
An Egyptian delegation that arrived in Gaza Thursday to address the escalating situation departed for Ramallah just as the protests in the strip began.
After meeting with senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh Friday morning, the Egyptian delegation working on mediating peace between Israel and the Palestinians, left the Gaza Strip for Ramallah to meet with leaders of the Palestinian Authority.
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