At Least 58 Gazans Killed While Charging Security Fence [WATCH]

May 14, 2018

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35,000 Palestinians answered calls by Hamas to end a six week period of protests with a violent encore opposing the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

At least 58 rioters were killed as a result of the ensuing confrontations with IDF troops protecting Israel from the Hamas led riots, and over 1,000 wounded in rioting along the security fence separating Israel from Hamas-run Gaza. This brings the number of Palestinians killed in violent clashes with the IDF along the security fence to over 80.

The opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem was set to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence according to The Gregorian calendar which is a day of rage for the Palestinians referred to as Nakba(catastrophe). The month-long Muslim fast of Ramadan begins on Tuesday evening so Nakba was rescheduled, moved one day earlier.

Hamas named the protests the “March of Return” though the protest has been characterized by violence from the Gazan side of the security fence. Firebombs and stones have been thrown and launched at troops via slings and jury-rigged catapults. Explosive devices were also placed along the fence in an attempt to attack IDF patrols.

Tens of thousands of tires were burned in attempts to damage the fence and obscure the vision of the IDF troops. Palestinians sent large incendiary kites loaded with firebombs across the border, igniting several large brush-fires. The IDF has used crowd control measures including tear gas and rubber bullets, resorting to live fire by snipers in situations that are life-threatening.

A report in the Times of Israel cited the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence service, as claiming the violence in Gaza is being funded by Iran. The report also claimed that the Shin Bet had uncovered the Hamas strategy of encouraging civilians-particularly children and teens- to charge the fence while Hamas militants waited in the wings. If the fence is breached, the armed Hamas military members are poised to enter Israel and rush to attack the Israeli settlements nearby.

“There is a prohibition for Hamas operatives to approach the border, from a fear that they will be killed or captured by IDF troops, unless the security fence falls and then they must enter, armed, into Israel under the cover of the masses and carry out terror attacks,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.

“From the information we have, it appears Hamas is encouraging and sending protesters to the border fence in order to carry out violent acts and damage security infrastructure. In addition, it was found that Iran is providing funding to Hamas in order for it to carry out these violent activities along the Gaza Strip’s border fence,” the Shin Bet said.

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