Hamas Threatens Mass Breach of Gaza Border

YERUSHALAYIM -
A demonstrator reacts to tear gas fired by Israeli troops during a riot at the Gaza border, last week. (Reuters/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

A Hamas leader has implicitly threatened a mass breach of Israel’s security fence on the Gaza border in a protest of the U.S. embassy move to Yerushalayim next Monday.

“What’s the problem if hundreds of thousands storm this fence which is not a border of a state? What’s the problem with that?” said Hamas leader Yehiyeh Sinwar.

It was Sinwar’s first major briefing to international media since becoming Gaza head of the terror group in 2017.

Sinwar said he hoped Israel would not shoot at what he called “peaceful” protests.

The “peaceful” protests, which have involved weeks of rock-throwing, firebombing and attempted infiltrations into Israeli territory, have resulted in the deaths of at least 40 Palestinians.

Israel says it only opens fire when necessary to stop infiltrations, attacks and damage to the border fence, while accusing Hamas of seeking to use the riots as cover to carry out violence.