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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - About 7,000 Palestinians were rioting next to the Gaza border, hurling an explosive device at Israeli troops, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said on Twitter.

    "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.

    ​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.

    ​"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. 

    READ MORE: Three More Palestinians Shot Dead at Gaza Border — Israeli Military

    The protests have been ongoing for several weeks, with protesters demanding the right to return to their homes, seized by Israel years ago.

    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.

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