Israeli soldiers kill five Palestinians at Gaza border protest

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu third right and US Ambassador David Friedman third left aboard the US Navy's guided-missile destroyer USS Ross docked at Ashdod Port

Israel has ordered that fuel deliveries into Gaza be halted, citing violence against Israeli soldiers and citizens by Palestinian protesters.

Israeli security personnel have been deployed in large numbers around the Palestinian village of Khan al-Ahmar, sources said.

On Monday night roughly 7,000 Palestinian Arabs provoked Israeli troops by attacking them with burning tires, rocks and firebombs while dozens of boats tried to break through Israel's naval blockade, Arutz 7 reported.

Gaza's health ministry said late on Friday that a seventh Palestinian was killed.

The Israeli army said approximately 14,000 "rioters and demonstrators" had gathered at various sites along the border.

The incident follows a tense week for Israeli-Palestinian relations in which two Israelis were killed by a coworker in the West Bank early in the week and seven Palestinians were killed in clashes with the IDF during protests on the Gaza border on Friday.

The P.A., controlled by the Fatah Party, is engaged in a long-standing rivalry with the Hamas, which controls Gaza and has slashed salaries to public servants in Gaza by as much as 30 percent.

In the meantime, the IDF stated that a group of terrorists had attacked an Israeli outpost on the border.

The ministry said four were killed in one location, where the Israeli military said it opened fire on a crowed of Palestinians who breached the fence and approached an army post.

The majority were killed during border demonstrations, though others have died in airstrikes and tank shelling.

Protesters have sent incendiary devices attached to balloons into Israeli territory during demonstrations, which Israel says has caused hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of damage to farmland.

They are also calling for Israel to end its crippling blockade of the strip.

Israel accuses Hamas, which controls Gaza, of orchestrating the protests along the border fence to provide cover for attacks and to distract from Gazas economic plight.

There had been hopes the protests would ease after the UN-brokered agreement to ease the strip's energy crisis took effect this week.

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