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Israel’s senior ministers to convene for debate on Gaza crisis solutionsThe meeting comes after four Palestinian protesters were killed over the weekend by Israeli fire during the violent border protests.
Israel’s Security Cabinet will meet on Sunday for a special discussion regarding the dire humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. According to Israeli media outlets, the high-level ministers will debate steps to ease the suffering of the Gaza residents.
Meanwhile, Hamas appears to be disappointed by the low turnout for the Gaza border protests that took place on Friday as Palestinians marked Naksa Day and the last Friday of Ramadan. The IDF spokesperson released pictures from the border protests showing that the turnout was significantly lower than Hamas’s estimates ahead of the event.
According to estimates, some 15,000 protesters gathered in five locations along the border fence. The Hamas-run Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza claimed that four were killed by IDF fire and about 500 were injured. The protesters threw stones at IDF soldiers, who responded by using riot control measures to disperse the crowds. In extreme cases of immediate danger, Israeli snipers who were stationed in the area responded to eliminate the threats. One IDF soldier was slightly injured due to smoke inhalation after a flaming kite sparked a fire in a field across from southern Gaza.
For the first time since the phenomenon of kite terrorism, Israeli aircraft began yesterday to target the sites from which the kites and incendiary balloons are being launched. The IDF stressed that only warning shots were fired from the air. No injuries on the Palestinian side were reported. The decision to attack the launch sites came after more than 17 fires were caused by flaming kites over the weekend.
In addition, a number of explosive devices and a grenade have been hurled and tires have been set on fire at the riot locations next to the security fence pic.twitter.com/0Lqc7oJB8y— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) June 8, 2018
“Moments ago, the IDF identified a group of Palestinians preparing balloons with explosive devices attached to them to be sent into Israel in order to ignite fires and cause extensive damage to Israeli territory,” the IDF spokesperson said in a statement. “In response, an IDF aircraft fired a warning shot next to the group. The IDF views the use of incendiary balloons and kites with explosive devices attached to them with great severity and will operate to prevent their use.”
This week, the United Nations General Assembly is slated to vote on a Palestinian resolution on the Gaza violence that will condemn Israel. On Friday, the United States vetoed a similar Kuwait-led proposal presented to the United Nations Security Council. The proposal condemned Israel’s use of force against Palestinian civilians. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that the draft-resolution represents a “grossly one-sided view” and fails to pin any responsibility on Hamas.
The request by Palestinians comes after several weeks of turmoil at the Israeli border along the Gaza Strip in which, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza, 120 people were killed and more than 600 wounded by Israeli fire.
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