During the past three months, many youths have been frequenting the area east of Jabalya Refugee Camp on Fridays. It is one of the few open spaces that remain in the crowded Gaza Strip. Some take walks. Others rest. Some sell drinks and snacks. Others arrive at the area to participate in demonstrations, throw stones at the perimeter fence or try to hang Palestinian flags on it or burn tires.
In a number of cases, young men lobbed Molotov cocktails at the fence and at the soldiers patrolling it.
The soldiers positioned on Israeli side of the perimeter fence use various measures to get the youths to back away from the fence. This varies from tear-gas to live ammunition. Between the 20.12.2013-28.2.2014, 32 people were injured in the area. Of them, 22 were injured by live bullets, 8 by rubber coated metal bullets, and at least three by aluminum tear-gas canister, two of them in the head. To read more on the topic click here.
Muhammad Sabah, B'Tselem's field researcher, documented the scene.
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