IDF Plans Changes Along Gazan Border

Palestinian rioters clash with Israeli forces during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City, on Aug. 21. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

The IDF has adopted changes in its arrangement along the border with Gaza after a Border Police officer was critically wounded in a shooting attack there on Shabbos, Walla! News reported on Monday.

Expansion of the buffer zone between rioters and police and a new border fence designed to make approach from Gaza more difficult are among the changes.

Sgt. Bar-El Hadaria Shmueli, 21, remains in critical condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head.

An initial IDF inquiry into the incident found that snipers from the Border Police’s special raids unit were under orders to fire on threats at close range, while snipers from the Maglan reconnaissance unit were assigned to fire on threats from long range, according to the report. It also found that wind dispersed the tear gas dropped on rioters by IDF drones.

In line with the findings, it was decided to have IDF snipers fire on armed attackers from a greater distance than past instances, according to Walla.

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