20 wildfires broke out on Friday, eight explosive kites were launched, and children aiding the protesters were photographed.
Palestinian protestors at the Gaza border.
About 10,000 Palestinians arrived at the border on Friday to participate in violent protests against Israel on the annual Naksa Day, which coincides this year with the last Friday of the month of Ramadan. One hand grenade was launched towards Israeli soldiers, but no injuries were reported on the Israel side. Eight explosive kites, leading to a large-scale wildfire near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, were thrown across the fence along the border with Gaza.
The IDF spokesperson said that Hamas stands behind the protest that is meant to use the people of Gaza to terrorize Israel.
A total of 20 wildfires erupted as a result of explosive kites thrown across the border. Protesters also set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli forces. Among the attackers were Palestinian children.
The IDF used several methods to disperse the heavy crowds formed along the security fence, including the use of trained snipers.
One Israeli soldier was slightly injured and treated for smoke inhalation caused by an explosive kite. It was reported that “Israeli Defense Forces have reinforced their troops along the Gaza Strip to protect the residents of the Gaza envelope and the security infrastructure from terrorist attacks and damage caused by terrorist groups headed by Hamas.”
The IDF earlier warned the residents of the Gaza border region to stay away from kites that may be booby-trapped.
Today’s protests are part of the annual Naksa Day (marking Israel’s victory in the Six Day War), commemorated each year on June 5. Today is also the last Friday of the Ramadan and Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, which the Iranian regime initiated in 1979 to express support for Palestinians and to oppose Zionism and Israel’s presence in the West Bank.
The IDF also warned the people of Gaza to stay away from the border ahead of the anticipated riots.