Five Palestinians were wounded by Israeli army gunfire Friday near the border fence in the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources said.
Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the Hamas-run health ministry in the territory, said the five men were in their early twenties.
One was in serious condition from a shot to the chest, he told AFP.
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Palestinian witnesses said the soldiers opened fire after they were attacked by stones hurled over the border fence.
An Israeli military spokeswoman told AFP there were a series of clashes along the border, including east of Jabalia, where "Palestinians hurled stones at soldiers and tried to sabotage the security fence."
"The soldiers tried to distance the crowd using riot dispersal means and firing several warning shots in the air" before shooting "towards one main instigator," she said.
Clashes are common on Fridays, with regular protests near the border in support of Gaza farmers who say troops uprooted their trees to create a buffer zone.