Palestinian sources: Hamas is expected to curb Gaza border riots

Source: Palestinian sources: Hamas is expected to curb Gaza border riots

Despite video released by Hamas-led committee organizing the riots along the Gaza border, which calls the Palestinians to attend Friday’s protests, talks held with Egypt and Israel’s warning further escalation would lead it to launch military campaign in strip is likely to curb clashes.

The sources added that talks held with Egyptian intelligence heads and Israel’s warning that further escalation in the strip would force it to launch a military campaign in Gaza, would prompt the terror organization to curb the violent skirmishes.

Meanwhile, the Hamas-led committee organizing the riots released a video marking the 30th week since the “March of Return” campaign was launched with the slogan: “Together Gaza rises up and the West Bank unites.”

The video calls the Palestinians to attend Friday’s riots in droves.

Israeli decision-makers believe that restraining the clashes along the border fence would restore calm there.

IDF ramps up forces along border (Photo: Roee Idan)

IDF ramps up forces along border (Photo: Roee Idan)

Skirmishes resembling to last Friday’s riots, during which the Palestinians placed an explosive device on the fence, with 20 of them breaching it, and prompting the IDF to open fire, would obligate Israel to launch a limited military campaign in Gaza, a credible source told Ynet.

On Thursday, it was reported that the IDF had started ramping up its armored forces along the Gaza border in a daylight show of force following a Security Cabinet decision to escalate retaliation for any violent incidents originating in the strip.

Among the forces that amassed at the border were dozens of tanks, artillery, infantry APCs and engineering vehicles.

The Security Cabinet convened Wednesday in Prime Minister’s Benjamin Netanyahu’s Office to discuss possible security development following the rocket fire launched from Gaza, hitting a house in the city of Be’er Sheva and the sea off the coast of a city in central Israel.

House in Be'er Sheva hit (Photo: Ido Erez)

House in Be’er Sheva hit (Photo: Ido Erez)

According to a preliminary investigation by the Home Front Command, the rocket weighed about 20 kilograms, and penetrated through three concrete layers.

Due to the size of the rocket and the force of the impact, heavy damage was caused to the house that was hit and it is at risk of collapse. A house next door was hit by shrapnel from the rockets, and its balcony collapsed.

In retaliation, the IDF attacked Wednesday morning over 20 targets, including a terror tunnel in the Gaza Strip.

 

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