Israeli snipers and tanks have taken up positions ahead of an expected mass protest by Palestinians along the Gaza-Israel border fence. In one location, protesters burned several tires near the border on Friday, sending clouds of black smoke into the air. Palestinian activists plan to burn many tires in hopes the smoke will block the view of snipers. The planned march is the second in what Gaza's Hamas rulers have said would be weeks of protests against a decade-old border blockade of the territory. Israel alleges Hamas is trying to carry out border attacks under the cover of protests and says it will prevent a breach of the fence at all costs.
A new German study has put at 327 the number of people killed at the East German border during the Cold War. Most were civilians trying to flee to the West from communist East Germany. The 327 includes 262 who died at the Berlin Wall, and 24 East German border guards who were shot while on duty. The study was done by a team at the Free University of Berlin. About half of those who died were aged 18-25.
A group of 376 Central Americans reportedly made their way into the U.S. at the Arizona border this week by using short holes that were dug beneath the barrier, according to Border Patrol. A group of 376 Central Americans reportedly made their way into the U.S. at the Arizona border this week via holes that were dug beneath a barrier, the Border Patrol said. Members of the group were arrested after they entered the country on Monday. They did not attempt to avoid law enforcement prior to their apprehension, the Border Patrol said, according to The Associated Press. MIGRANT CARAVAN FREELY CROSSES MEXICAN BORDER AFTER GATES WERE LEFT OPEN, AUTHORITIES AVOIDED'CONFRONTATION' The crowd of migrants, which reportedly consisted of 176 children, dug under a steel barrier in multiple areas, located to the east of a border crossing in San Luis, according to the agency.
At least one Afghan border guard has been killed in renewed clashes at a Pakistani-Afghan border crossing, according to an Afghan official. Wednesday's fatality was the third since Sunday night, when the violence erupted at the Torkham border crossing over the construction of a gate by Pakistan on allegedly disputed territory. More than two dozen border guards from both sides have been wounded so far in the shootouts. "When our people began construction work on the gate on Wednesday, Afghan forces again opened fire at our troops and construction workers," said a Pakistani security official who declined to be identified. He said Pakistan had retaliated with long-range artillery and mortars.