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Smaller Crowds Show Up for Gaza Border Riots on Tuesday

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16 May 2018 (All day)
Smaller Crowds Show Up for Gaza Border Riots on Tuesday
Smaller crowds estimated at less than 5,000 people showed up to riot at five points along the border between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Israel on Tuesday, with the IDF using tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition to contain the most violent elements. Two rioters were reportedly killed and around 100 others wounded in the clashes, a day after the Islamist terror militia Hamas claimed that 62 rioters were killed. An IDF investigation into the day's events concluded that around half of those killed were known members of Hamas or the Islamic Jihad terror militia. The IDF also said that soldiers deployed along the border to confront what Hamas calls the “Great March of Return” had been targeted by rioters armed with grenades, incendiary kites, drones, live fire toward IDF troops and improvised explosive devices. The IDF provided a large volume of video evidence of these encounters, but most international media outlets covering the events chose to ignore this and frame the riots as “peaceful protests” which Israel was using deadly force against.

Meanwhile, the riots were discussed Tuesday at an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said “Make no mistake: Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday.” She added that Hamas had used “loudspeakers that urge demonstrators to burst through the fence, falsely claiming Israeli soldiers were fleeing, when in fact, they were not. The same loudspeakers are used by Hamas to urge the crowds to ‘Get closer! Get closer!’ to the security fence. I ask my colleagues here in the Security Council: Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has. In fact, the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained.”

The Palestinian Authority’s representative to the UN responded by saying Haley’s speech was “racist” and demanding that “Stop the massacre committed against our people.”

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon responded by explaining to the council that “these were not demonstrations, these were not protests – these were violent riots. They have repeatedly attempted to sabotage and breach the fence with the explicit goal of killing Israelis…Its goal was to kill and kidnap Jews in surrounding Israeli towns.”

The UNSC meeting did not result in a statement or any other further action.

However, the PA Foreign Ministry took a step of its own Tuesday, recalling its PLO Ambassador to the US Husam Zomlot to the West Bank for “consultations” in a signal of the PA’s anger at Washington over the relocation of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Here are some videos posted by Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to tell Israel's side of the story


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