Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Palestinian Rioters Use Explosive Device to Damage Israel Border Fence

Palestinian Rioters Use Explosive Device to Damage Israel Border Fence

The other came down in the sea off Tel Aviv, 70 kilometres from Gaza, the army said.

In addition, the IDF identified an attempted rocket launch in northern Gaza and struck the launcher before the rocket was sacked.

At least one Palestinian was killed on Wednesday when Israel launched air strikes across Gaza, after a rocket was sacked from the besieged enclave at an Israeli city.

Israel's defence minister said on Tuesday that months of violent Palestinian protests on the Gaza border can not be allowed to go on, urging cabinet colleagues to back tougher measures.

The Israeli military confirmed on Sunday its aircraft struck a group of Palestinians in northern Gaza throwing firebombs toward Israeli territory.

Netanyahu met with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other senior security officials to assess the situation.

"My opinion is very clear", said Liberman.

"My position is very clear: We must deal a heavy blow against Hamas".

"We must deliver a serious blow to Hamas, and this is the only option to return the situation to its previous level and to reduce the level of violence to zero or almost to zero".

Hamas has held weekly border protests for the past six months, aimed at easing a crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade. In August, a rocket from Gaza landed near the city amid a serious escalation in hostilities.

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CCTV footage showed vehicles moving from the consulate building to the nearby Saudi consul general's residence on October 2. According to the newspaper, one of the men has been photographed accompanying the royal on his foreign visits.

Israel says it is defending its border. "My impression is that they all have reached the understanding that the situation as it is today can not continue", Liberman added. The renewed border violence is part of an effort by Hamas to test Israel's will and provoke a violent response.

Seven were killed and hundreds injured during the most recent protests on Friday, with Lieberman later suspending fuel supplies to the already energy-starved Gaza Strip.

Lieberman ordered the closure of the Kerem Shalom goods crossing and the Erez crossing for people, and the reduction of the permitted fishing zone along the Gaza coast to three nautical miles, the defense ministry body responsible for Palestinian civil affairs, COGAT, said.

"These nightly activities are carried out by a special unit called the 'night confusion units, ' which burn tires, sound sirens, blind IDF soldiers with lasers, and more", according to the report.

The targets include a tunnel, two digging sites, a weapons manufacturing site, a naval tunnel, and more.

Hamas clearly misinterpreted Israel's willingness to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza and apparently thought it was the beginning of Israel's capitulation.

Since March, 155 Palestinians have been killed during the protests.

The "offensive" caused an ecological disaster in southern Israel, but failed to bring the Jewish State to its knees. An Israeli soldier was fatally shot in July.

On Oct. 11 the IDF blew up one of these tunnels, which penetrated 200 meters into Israel and was equipped with electricity and communications devices. Hamas is trying to achieve political aims by using violence.

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