The Hamas terrorist group risked the life of a seven-year-old girl by sending her to approach the border fence during the “March of Return” protests. The IDF forces on the other side of the border recognized that the approaching figure was a girl and did not fire at her. Meanwhile, Palestinian media outlets are claiming that several protesters have been killed by IDF fire.

Palestinians protest along the border (archive)

Palestinians protest along the border (archive) Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

A seven-year-old girl was sent by Hamas to approach the security fence amid the chaos along the Israeli-Gazan border on Friday. According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the troops in the area immediately recognized that the figure moving toward them was a young girl and made sure that she was safely returned to her parents. “The Hamas terrorist group is cynically using women and children, sending them to the fence and endangering their lives,” the IDF said in a statement.

Over 20,000 Palestinians gathered near the border area on Friday to take part in the “March of Return” that Hamas organized. According to Palestinian media outlets, seven protesters were killed and hundreds were injured by the IDF’s countermeasures.

Meanwhile, Channel 10’s Or Heller reported that IDF snipers prevented Palestinians from planting IEDs near the border. The IDF spokesperson stated that the protesters are gathering in six different locations along the border fence. According to Israeli media reports, the Palestinians are lighting tires of fire and throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at the troops on the other side of the border.

Earlier today, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman tweeted a message in Arabic to the residents of Gaza, warning them not to try to approach the fence. “The leadership of Hamas is playing with your lives,” he wrote. “Anyone who gets close to the fence today is putting themselves in danger. I advise you to carry on with your lives and not take part in this provocation.”

IDF commanders along the border

IDF commanders along the border Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

On Thursday, JOL reported that the IDF had instructed its troops to shoot whoever tries to cross the Gaza fence. In addition, the IDF spokesperson announced a complete closure of the West Bank and the Gaza border crossings during Passover, with the exception of humanitarian and health-related cases.

Friday protests along the Israeli-Gazan border have been a weekly occurrence since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December of last year. However, today’s protest turnout was much larger than previous turnouts because today is Land Day, a day when Palestinians worldwide commemorate the 1976 events in which six Arabs were killed by Israeli forces.

This year, Land Day coincides with Passover, which begins this evening. Palestinian attempts to carry out terror attacks usually increase during the Passover holiday, especially on Passover Eve. In 2014, 47-year-old Baruch Mizrahi, a father of five, was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in a shooting attack outside Hebron on Passover Eve.