One video clip, released by Palestinians and widely viewed online, appears to show a young man - whom Israel accused of being a Hamas militant - being shot and killed while attempting to run away from the fence, with his back to soldiers. Images from the scene show Murtaja wearing a protective vest clearly marked "PRESS".
The Israeli military claimed that during this invasion, an explosive device exploded near one of the militarized bulldozers.
One of the shooting victim's brothers, Hamza Murtaja, denied the photojournalist had been a Hamas member. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh described a "battle for awareness" as he attended Murtaja's funeral Friday. It said the troops' behavior does not reflect the army's values and they will be dealt with "accordingly", without elaborating. The Palestinians protesting at the fence are asking for an end to the decade-long siege of the tiny coastal strip, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.
Israel confirmed the strikes, saying they were retaliation for gun fire.
Israel's military said the incident "apparently" took place several months ago and that it was investigating.
"It is clear that after Israeli soldiers murdered a journalist, the Defence Minister is more interested in spouting propaganda and engaging in a cover-up than in carrying out a thorough and transparent investigation and bringing Yasser's killers to justice", Bellanger said in a statement.
The office of the Coordinator of the Israeli Government Activities in the Territories said the Israeli security services examine each request and approve them according to criteria determined by the political leadership.
The video was met with outrage internationally and from Palestinians and Israelis. Politicians within the Israeli parliament spoke out against the scenes documented.
The army said that the video shows only a small portion of its handling of the riots, which lasted about two hours, and that in keeping with protocol soldiers made a number of unsuccessful attempts to disperse rioters before opening fire, including making calls to halt and firing into the air.
It said inside the van he was beaten by Hamas police, leading to his eventual hospitalisation.
The soldiers who appeared in the video were reportedly identified and questioned by the IDF, and the army said the results of its inquiry into the incident would be submitted to the Military Advocate General's Office.
It was not possible to determine whether the person shot in the video died.
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