Over the past four months, 158 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, including at least 120 in the protests near the fence and others in Israeli air strikes and other incidents elsewhere in Gaza, according to the Gaza Health Ministry and a local rights group.
Even before then, entrepreneurs in Gaza say they have sometimes been banned from importing various kinds of batteries - including those used for solar power - by Israel, on the grounds that they might be used for military purposes.
Separately, The Times grossly misrepresents Hamas' ongoing rocket attacks against the Gaza envelope communities with the following claim: "Palestinian fire was mostly calibrated to hit border areas rather than population centers".
It was the third major escalation since July and came despite attempts by United Nations officials and Egypt to secure a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza said paramedic Abdullah al-Qatiti was killed during the clashes.
According to Israeli press reports, a total of nine Israelis have recently been injured by rockets fired from Gaza.
Israeli aircraft bombed a multi-story building in Gaza City on August 9, local residents said, a few hours after Palestinian militants fired a long-range rocket at Israel's largest southern city.
The Israeli army said they held Hamas "fully responsible" for the escalation in violence, and that it was "determined to secure the safety of Israelis, is on high alert, & prepared for a variety of scenarios".
The Gaza Strip is home to more than 2 million Palestinians, over 70% of which are refugees who were forcibly expelled from their homes in present-day Israel when the state was established in 1948.
Israel captured Gaza in the 1967 Middle East war but withdrew in 2005, while holding onto most of the separate West Bank, where Palestinians have limited self-rule.
Hamas is rumored to be demanding the release of a large number of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the dead soldiers' return, a demand Jerusalem is said to reject.
"Everyday life in besieged Gaza is shaped by Israeli policy", IMEU added, posting a video compilation that captures the living conditions of millions of the almost two million people living in the occupied Gaza Strip.
In recent days, tension has steadily mounted between Israel and Gaza-based resistance groups. Israel said the militants had fired on Israeli troops near the border, but Hamas said the militants were taking part in a drill.
Israel's Iron Dome defense system intercepted more than 30 rockets, and others landed in open areas in southern Israel, said the IDF.
Palestinian protesters were expected to gather along the Israeli border on Friday evening, as they have every week since late March. One Israeli soldier was killed by a Gaza sniper during this period.