Explosion Kills 5 Palestinians During Gaza Protests

    Explosion Kills 5 Palestinians During Gaza Protests
    Last updated Sep 14, 2023
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    • An accidental bomb detonation killed at least five Palestinians and injured more than 20 during a protest along the Israel-Gaza demarcation line on Wednesday.
    • The explosion was reportedly caused by a device that protesters had allegedly planned to use during the rally — in support of Palestinians jailed in Israel — along the volatile frontier.
    • The Israeli army claimed that its soldiers "resorted to dispersal measures" after Palestinians "hurled explosive devices and grenades" at the barrier demarcating the frontier.
    • It also alleged that hundreds had taken part in the protests. Videos shared by AFP appear to show protesters picking up fallen tear gas canisters and throwing them at the soldiers.
    • The protests on Gaza's eastern border were reportedly organized by Hamas, the Islamic militant group that seized control of Gaza from the Palestinian Authority in 2007.
    • It was organized a day after Palestinian armed factions conducted large-scale military maneuvers in Gaza — coinciding with the 18th anniversary of the Israeli pullout from the embargoed enclave.


    Pro-Palestine narrative

    Bloodshed is a regular occurrence as Gazans agitate against the occupation, the abuse of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention, and the suffocating siege under which they live. Two million people remain under indefinite Israeli land, sea, and air blockade with tight control over the movement of people and goods. The cruelty must end.

    Pro-Israel narrative

    The expression, "you reap what you sow," comes to mind when observing incidents like this in Gaza. Though the loss of life is always a tragedy, it would be wise for Gaza's leaders to moderate their incredibly militaristic actions toward Israel, and perhaps the situation could improve.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that the next Palestinian election will be held by November 2033, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Establishment split



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