At least 55 Hamas terrorists and Muslim thugs were killed Monday in violent clashes at the Gaza-Israeli border with the Israeli Defense Forces as they were rioting, hurling explosive devices, setting fires, and attempting to breach the border in order to kill innocent Israeli civilians in protest of the opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.
YNET IDF fighter jets and tanks attacked Hamas targets in a training camp in Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip, following earlier attempts to plant an explosive device on the fence and gunfire at soldiers. The IDF also killed the three terrorists who tried to plant the explosive in the Rafah area.
According to reports, four of the dead were members of Hamas’s security apparatuses. About 40,000 Palestinians have gathered near the fence in 13 hot spots along the border since the morning hours. Several thousand others were located in the tent area about half a kilometer from the fence.
More than 1,200 were shot and wounded, with 116 in serious or critical condition. About 1,200 others suffered other types of injuries, including from tear gas. The protesters on the Gaza border burned tires and threw stones at the soldiers, trying to approach the fence. An IDF quadcopter was shot down near Jabalia.
The IDF warned the protestors that Israel wouldn’t tolerate any breach of the fence. Troops fired gas grenades and warning shots at the protesters.
“Hamas is threatening the people to go out and protest near the fence. We are prepared for activity above and beyond the fence and deep within the strip,” a military source said. He added that while the number of protesters was higher than before, it wasn’t as high as Hamas had hoped for, which is why the organization raised its level of violence.
“Hamas placed many women at the front in an effort to make it difficult for us to deal with terror targets. That’s the most significant level of violence we have seen since the start of the protests.”
Hamas has gone to great lengths to bring more people to the fence protests. Defense officials said Hamas was offering Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip $100 if all family members took part in the protests. The terror group also offered Gazans transportation to the fence area and to the different points of friction.
A general strike was also declared in the Gaza Strip on Monday—with schools and higher education institutions in the strip closed for the day—to encourage residents to flock to the protest sites.
The IDF operated in several sites Sunday night to disrupt Hamas infrastructures planned to be used as a front base for terrorist activity on Monday and Tuesday. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said the army was prepared for a wide variety of scenarios and has boosted its forces in the area. IDF commanders are constantly evaluating the situation from the ground.
A closed military zone was declared in the fence area. Any activity in that area requires the IDF’s approval. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stressed that the army would act against any terrorist activity, work to maintain the Israeli sovereignty and prevent attacks on citizens and soldiers.
Earlier Monday, the Shin Bet accused Iran of funding the recent protests in the strip. According to the organization, an interrogation of a 19-year-old Hamas member from Gaza revealed the methods of the terror organization ruling the strip.
Hamas was apparently instructing its members to cut the fence and steal security cameras to help pull and bring down the fence and to disrupt the IDF’s activity ahead of Nakba Day. The organization is working to market its activity to the media as a popular uprising rather than as violent activity led by its members.
The interrogation further revealed that Hamas members were taking an active part in the violent protest activities along the fence every Friday, carrying knives, scissors and bottles of gasoline.
The Hamas members’ job, according to the Shin Bet, is to provide Gaza’s residents with tires and help burn them, in a bid to create thick smoke and convince the residents to enter Israel, throw Molotov cocktails and prepare flaming kites and hand them over to the violent activists.