"Throughout the day, ~7,000 Palestinians have been rioting along the Gaza border. Violent rioters have been burning tires & hurling rocks at the security fence & IDF troops," the IDF said.
The rioters were "flying kites with burning items, intending to ignite fires in Israel," the Israeli military said.
Throughout the day, ~7,000 Palestinians have been rioting along the Gaza border. Violent rioters have been burning tires & hurling rocks at the security fence & IDF troops pic.twitter.com/ws0RYLs1Yo— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 4 мая 2018 г.
The troops responded with fire and other "dispersal means" to being targeted with an explosive device.
The IDF also noted that two drones fell in the Gaza Strip during the riots, while on a documenting mission.
Breaking news: Palestinian rioters are now sacking the ONLY humanitarian crossing, through which Israel provides food, fuel and all other goods to the people in Gaza. Peaceful protest? pic.twitter.com/oOHOpPaN83— Jonathan Conricus (@LTCJonathan) 4 мая 2018 г.
"It is Hamas that sent you here, you are only a boy, go study, go get a job, Hamas does not care about you," IDF troops said trying to warn the protestors against attempting to damage the fence.
The relationship between Israel and Palestine has been fraught with tensions over territorial disputes. Both countries claim Jerusalem as their capital, with Palestinians also insisting on their right to return to family homes which are now on the territory controlled by Israel.