On the same day that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared on a visit to the south that the Gaza front is “under control,” IDF troops were engaged in putting down a riot at the border fence.
The soldiers employed crowd dispersal methods against dozens of Palestinians gathered at the border fence, who were burning tires and throwing Molotov cocktails, a frequent occurrance in recent days.
IDF troops opened fire on one rioter, hitting his lower body.
Earlier, Netanyahu stood at a lookout point into Gaza near the IDF’s Gaza Division headquarters close to Kibbutz Re’im in the western Negev, and declared that the Gaza front is “under control.”
“We are carrying out a struggle over Israel’s security on a number of fronts,” he said, flanked by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, and other senior IDF officers.
Each one of these fronts could ignite and set the other ones ablaze,” he said, adding that his impression from his visit South is that the “the situation here is under control.”