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April 20, 2018 8:12 am

Ahead of Renewed Riots, Israel Drops Leaflets Warning Gazans Not to Approach Border

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A Palestinian man watches as an Israeli machine works at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, April 20, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa.

The IDF dropped leaflets in the Gaza Strip on Friday warning Palestinians not to approach the border fence with Israel as the military braced for fresh clashes along the frontier.

Thousands of Palestinians were expected to gather along the Israel-Gaza border, as they have every Friday over the past month for mass demonstrations that have turned violent and during which Israeli forces have killed 31 Palestinian rioters.

Each week, rioters have hurled stones and burning tires near the border fence, where Israeli army sharpshooters are deployed.

Israel has accused the Islamist terrorist group Hamas of staging the riots and trying to carry out attacks.

“The Hamas terror organization is taking advantage of you in order to carry out terror attacks. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is prepared for all scenarios. Stay away from the fence and do not attempt to harm it,” said the leaflets scattered by Israeli aircraft in the early morning in areas along the border.

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