IDF Soldiers Face Off Against Late Night Gaza Rioters

Palestinian rioters during clashes with Israeli security forces on the Gaza Israeli border east Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

IDF soldiers faced rioters overnight Motzoei Shabbos, as some 500 Gaza Arabs threw rocks and firebombs at Israeli forces. Soldiers dispersed the crowds with anti-riot measures. Gaza terrorists threw three hand grenades at Israeli forces during the riot. B’chasdei Shamayim, there were no injuries among Israeli forces.

The riots Saturday night were extensions of riots that had taken place earlier in the day, and on Friday, when some 14,000 rioters gathered along the Gaza security fence, throwing rocks and firebombs at Israeli soldiers. Gaza sources said that three Arabs, including a 12-year-old, were killed when Israeli soldiers responded to the life-threatening riots. In a statement, the IDF said that “there are signals from Gaza that indicate that cast doubt on the claims” of Hamas that the 12-year-old was killed by IDF bullets, but rather that “according to facts and witnesses, the youth was killed by stones thrown by the rioters.”

An Israeli soldier was injured in Friday’s rioting. Nine Gaza Arabs were caught trying to breach the border fence, and were arrested. In response to the rioting and attempts by Arabs to start fires in Israel with terror balloons and kites, Israeli planes hit several Hamas outposts over the weekend. Hamas also claimed that Israeli forces hit a UNWRA school building.

Also overnight, security officials said they arrested 16 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.

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