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Gaza Border Riots Result in Large-Scale Destruction

Hamas Blames Israel for Deadly Explosion

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7 May 2018 (All day)
Gaza Border Riots Result in Large-Scale Destruction
Approximately 10,000 Palestinians showed up for last Friday’s riots at several points along the border between the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and Israel, with one particularly violent demonstration at the Kerem Shalom crossing resulting in infrastructure meant to bring humanitarian aid into the Strip being severely damaged. "This is a cynical act which damages the well-being of the people of Gaza and the humanitarian efforts carried out by Israel and other countries," the IDF spokesperson stated. "The Kerem Shalom riot is happening on the Palestinian side of the crossing and includes causing damage to the infrastructure, I don't see the Palestinian Authority paying for the damages soon", added Maariv reporter Tal Lev-Ram.

Hundreds of rioters were injured in the course of the day, according to Hamas reports, while on the Israeli side, extensive property damage was caused when rioters sent kites with crude incendiary devices attached over the border fence.

“The arson phenomenon is not hidden from our eyes and we are taking it very seriously,” Maj. Avichai Adraee posted in Arabic on Twitter. “Attack kites are not a kids’ game and we don’t see it that way. Hamas is using you [Gazans] and is pushing you toward the cycle of terrorism.”

On Sunday, another attempt to breach the border fence and infiltrate into Israel was broken up by the IDF, which reported that it had shot dead two infiltrators. Also on Sunday, the IDF reported carrying out an airstrike on a Hamas instillation near the border in retaliation for the incendiary kites.

“We will continue to act against terror attacks above and below ground,” the IDF said in a statement. “The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity coming from the Gaza Strip.” The statement added that Sunday morning’s strike wasn’t connected to an explosion in central Gaza Strip city of Deir al-Balah Saturday evening that killed six Hamas members.

Hamas blamed Israel for the explosion, while some analysts speculated that it was a classic “work accident” in which terrorists preparing an explosive device for an attack prematurely set it off. 


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