On Saturday, March 31, the press service of the IDF published a video, which depicted several incidents that occurred before, during the «March of millions» on the border of the Gaza strip.
In particular, in these shots you can see the rioters burning tires and throwing stones at the soldiers of the Israel defense forces. Also clearly visible attempt by protesters to set fire to the security fence.
The camera captured the attempted terrorist attack on IDF soldiers, when two armed terrorists approached the separation fence and opened fire on Israeli troops. The IDF forces fired back. Also in the direction of the terrorists were released tank shell.
As the press service of the IDF, the incident was another proof that Hamas is using mass demonstrations as a cover to carry out terrorist attacks.
The evening of 31 March, we published information according to which 10 of the 16 dead of the Palestinian Arabs in the past participated in sabotage and terrorist acts against Israelis. This information was published on the results of the investigation conducted by the army and General security service (Shin bet).
Israel places the responsibility for the casualties among Palestinians in the Hamas – as the organizer of mass protests, and how to structure that controls the Gaza strip over the past almost 11 years.
The first day of the «March of millions» in Gaza
On Friday, March 30, Hamas organized on the border of Gaza «March of millions» («March of return»). Hamas announced the expenditure of $ 10 million to organize this event. The evaluation of the IDF, in a mass protest, the declared purpose of which was to break the border, was attended by about 30 thousand people. Military had to use force. The Gaza health Ministry reports 15 killed (in the evening it was reported 16 years) and approximately 1,500 wounded.
It was reported six major outbreaks of unrest, where «activists» burned tires and threw stones towards the military. The instigators of the riots, attempts were made to cause damage to the security fence, including cutting the fence. However, military personnel foiled these attempts, opening fire.
In the second half of the day had prevented a terrorist attack against soldiers of the Israel defense forces. Two armed terrorists approached the separation fence and opened fire on Israeli troops. The IDF forces fired back. Also in the direction of the terrorists were released tank shell. The incident resulted in injuries among the Israelis were not. Palestinian media reported that Israeli troops killed two Palestinians.
In addition, the rioters, using as cover a mass demonstration, several times tried to lay explosive devices near the security fence.
The IDF was ready for various scenarios, including the suppression of provocations with use of weapons and to repel attacks on Israeli territory by armed militants – a violation of the integrity of the boundary fence or through the tunnels.
Obviously, the situation is very tense in the coming weeks, until April 19, when will be celebrated the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the state of Israel (independence Day), and the Palestinian Arabs mark «Nakba Day» (day of catastrophe). It is expected that in independence Day will be announced about the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, which will obviously trigger a new wave of Arab protests.
As of midnight, March 29, for the period of Passover, in a state of lockdown Arab territories in Judea and Samaria. Closed checkpoint on the border between Israel and Gaza. The lockdown will be lifted at midnight on 7 April. During this period, entry into Israel will be permitted only in humanitarian cases, with the consent of the representatives of the coordinator of government activities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
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