Preparations underway for second mass protest along Gaza security fence

Gaza and Israel’s IDF are preparing for another tense day along the security fence on Friday, as protesters amassed about 10,000 tires to be burned at the border and obscure Israeli troops’ vision. Both Israel and Palestinian groups have warned against the move, which could see both sides suffering an ecological disaster.
Palestinians collecting tires for Friday protest Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90

As Friday approaches, Gazans have amassed some 10,000 tires intended for burning during a second mass protest along the Gaza security fence. Women and children were instructed to carry mirrors and lasers to distract IDF snipers at the fence.

The burnt tires are expected to create a “wall of smoke” along the border. According to Ynet News, several Palestinian groups in Gaza have expressed their objection to the move, claiming that the ecological repercussions would be negative for all sides.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Yoav Mordechai has sent a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) warning of the environmental impact Friday’s protests will likely bring. In his letter, Mordechai urged WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom to do everything in his power to stop an imminent ecological “catastrophe.”

Violent clashes along the Israel-Gaza border began last week as the Palestinians launched a “Great March of Return” near the security fence. At least 18 Palestinians have been killed in the clashes, most of them were members of the Hamas and PIJ terrorist organizations, the IDF said.

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