Tear gas canisters are fired by Israeli troops at Palestinian demonstrators during a protest marking al-Quds Day, (Jerusalem Day), at the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza City on June 8, 2018. (photo: Reuters, Mohammed Salem)
Ten thousand Palestinian rioters gathered in five locations along Gaza’s border with Israel on Friday evening and for the first time launched kites and balloons with explosive devices attached to them. Israeli troops killed three Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, after opening fire on protests at the Gaza Strip border on Friday, medical officials said.
The day of violence, that left fields burning in Nahal Oz and close to Sderot marked the start of the tenth week of the Hamas led protest, dubbed the Great March of Return.
The protests along the border have been the greatest threats to Israeli security in the region since operation Protective Edge due to the combination of terror tunnels, riots, attempted infiltrations and the use of incendiary items such as kites and balloons.