3 Palestinian Rioters Reportedly Killed in Latest Incident of Hamas-Orchestrated Gaza Border Violence
Three Palestinian rioters were reportedly killed, and at least 30 others were wounded, at a weekly Hamas-orchestrated disturbance on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday.
The Israeli military said it used force necessary to prevent border breaches by some 12,000 Palestinians who massed at several points near the border fence, some of them hurling rocks and firebombs at troops under cover of smoke from burning tires.
A total of 177 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza border riots since the end of March. In the same time period, an IDF soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper on the border and Israel has lost tracts of forest and farmland to incendiary attacks launched from Hamas-ruled Gaza.
Israel’s tactics against the riots have drawn foreign condemnation, though Washington has backed its ally in accusing Hamas of staging the mass-mobilization to distract from Gaza’s poverty and governance problems and to provide cover for armed Palestinian border incursions.
The Israeli military said that, twice this week, its patrols discovered and dismantled bombs that had been planted for use against them at the border fence. Early on Friday, several Palestinians crawled to the fence to throw a pipebomb at troops, who fired back, the military said. There was no word of casualties.