IDF Hits Hamas Targets Deeper in Gaza

Palestinian protestors during clashes against Israeli security forces on the Gaza Israeli border east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on April 27. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Israeli forces struck several Hamas targets over the weekend after Gaza Arabs rioted on Friday, aggressively attempting to break through the Gaza border fence. The targets belonged to Hamas sea forces, and included sites deep within Gaza. In a statement, the IDF said that if Hamas did not stop rioting at the Gaza border fence, it would begin hitting targets deep within Gaza, instead of in the area of the border fence, as it has been doing until now.

Hamas reported Friday that one Arab was killed and 883 were injured in the riots from Israeli anti-riot measures. The terror group declared that it would continue its attempts to break through the fence, despite the costs to Gazans, and that it would attempt to conduct riots in Yehudah and Shromron as well. The IDF said that Hamas “will bear the responsibility for the results of their attempts to carry out acts of terror.”

The IDF on Motzoei Shabbos caught three Gaza Arabs who attempted to enter Israel. The three were unarmed, and officials believe they entered Israel in order to look for work. The three were arrested and questioned.

Meanwhile, riots continued for the third night in the Yerushalayim neighborhood of Shuafat. Arabs threw firebombs at Israeli police, who used anti-riot measures to quell the mob. One terrorist was arrested Motzoei Shabbos. The riots began Thursday when a portion of the security fence in the area fell down due to the heavy rains that hit the neighborhood. Security officials trying to fix the fence were attacked by an Arab mob, with police forced to use anti-riot measures against them.

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