Netanyahu praises troops
Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday praised troops for "guarding the country's borders" after a mass Gaza frontier protest led to clashes that left 16 Palestinians dead.
"Well done to our soldiers," he wrote in a statement. "Israel acts vigorously and with determination to protect its sovereignty and the security of its citizens."
Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied on the Gaza side of the border fence on Friday, some hurling stones and rolling burning tyres at Israeli troops on their side of the wire.
The Israeli army said it opened fire only when necessary, against those taking an active part in violence.
It said there were attempts to damage the fence and break through into Israel, as well as an attempted gun attack against troops.Read More...