The tensions between Israel and Gaza are expected to escalate even further tomorrow, as thousands of Palestinians mark Naksa Day.
Palestinians with kites in Gaza Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90
A kite with an explosive device attached to it landed on Sunday in Israeli territory near the Gaza border fence. Police sappers defused the bomb before it exploded. Apparently for the sake of not escalating the already-high tensions along the border, the Israeli military did not respond to this incident.
Meanwhile, Israeli security forces are gearing up for the clashes and violence expected tomorrow as Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank mark Naksa Day, which represents the Arab defeat in the 1967 Six Day War. Israel suspects that Hamas will hold massive border protests similar to the ones that were held during Nakba Day and when the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem.
On Friday, Hamas member Khalil al-Hayya said that the border protests will continue until the Palestinians achieve their goals. During an interview with Al-Aqsa TV, Hamas’s official TV channel, he stated that the protests in recent months have shown the world that the Palestinians in Gaza are suffering at the hands of Israel. He added that the marches are aimed at lifting the siege on Gaza and promoting international awareness for the Palestinian people’s right of return.
Hamas has consistently tried to portray the border gatherings as popular, non-violent protests. However, the IDF has refuted these claims on numerous occasions by releasing evidence showing the terrorist group’s involvement in the marches and the violent acts carried out by protesters.
For example, during last week’s Friday protest, Palestinians burned tires and attempted to damage Israel’s security infrastructure. Some Palestinian terrorists even fired at IDF soldiers and planted explosive devices at the Karni Border Crossing.
On the following day, the riots near the border fence continued with terrorists flying flaming kites into Israeli territory. On Saturday evening, terrorists in Gaza continued to threaten Israeli communities near the border by firing six projectiles at Israel, breaking the three-day ceasefire that was called after tensions between Israel and Gaza heated up earlier in the week.
Following the firing of rockets from Gaza towards Israel and acts of terror carried out by Hamas, yesterday, IAF fighter jets attacked 15 terror targets, among them: pic.twitter.com/fTIVUhOUob
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) June 3, 2018