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Tensions Along Gaza Border Persist Despite Cease-Fire

IDF Investigating Death of Nurse Amidst Rioting

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4 Jun 2018 (All day)
Tensions Along Gaza Border Persist Despite Cease-Fire
The “Great March of Return” riots along the border between the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and Israel continued over the weekend, despite last week’s declaration of a cease-fire. In addition to the riots, rockets were launched from Gaza at Israeli communities alongside arson attacks using kites, which destroyed hundreds of acres of unharvested crops and forests in Israel. The Israeli Air Force responded to the violence with strikes on Hamas terror infrastructure in the Strip. “Quiet will be met with quiet, but terror will be met with a firm response” said Head of the International Press and Social Media Branch, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus. “The IDF will continue to respond to violence according to the rules of engagement and continues to hold the Hamas terror organization responsible for all violence emanating from the Gaza Strip, above and below ground, in the air, and at sea.”

Another attempt to infiltrate through the fence by two Palestinian terrorists was broken up by the IDF Monday afternoon, with one terrorist being killed in the incident.

Meanwhile, firefighters continued to battle fires set by incendiary kites sent into Israel from Gaza over the weekend. A massive blaze had destroyed several hundred acres of the Shokeda Forest by Monday morning. Another blaze in the Or HaNer Kibbutz also caused great destruction. Authorities estimate that around 3,000 acres of wheat fields have been burned by the arson attacks since early April, causing millions of shekels in damage. Tourist sites such as the Be'eri Crater Reserve have also suffered tremendous damage, putting additional pressure on the regions fragile economy.

The weekend’s events followed a vote at the UN Security Council on Friday on a Resolution tabled by Kuwait which called for an international peacekeeping force to be deployed along the border to protect Gazans from Israel. The US vetoed the resolution while the UK, Holland, Poland and Ethiopia abstained.

"When the United Nations sides with terrorists over Israel, as the Kuwait resolution does, it only makes a peaceful resolution to this conflict harder to reach," US Ambassador Nikki Haley said, explaining the US veto. "It is resolutions like this one that undermine the UN's credibility in dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Finally, the IDF announced over the weekend that it is investigating the death of Gazan nurse Razan al-Najar, who died amidst the riots on Friday.

"Cases in which a civilian is alleged to have been killed by IDF fire are thoroughly investigated by the relevant command echelons and examined by the General Staff's debriefing mechanism, and this will be done with regard to the current allegations," read a statement provided to The Jerusalem Post.

Here are some videos showing scenes from the rioting and its aftermath over the weekend 





 

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