“These riots represent unprecedented violence,” Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, the IDF Spokesperson, said about the riots led by Hamas, the Islamist terror group that rules over the Gaza Strip. Under cover of this violence, Hamas has been attempting to carry out terror attacks against Israelis.
40,000 rioters have amassed on the border, using explosives, guns, molotov cocktails, and even arson kites to breach the security fence. The IDF has dropped leaflets warning Gazans against approaching the fence - a clear breach of Israel’s sovereignty - but in order for Hamas to continue carrying out its activities, they must continue inciting these riots. Destitute Gazans are receiving $100 per family, bankrolled by Iran, to approach and dismantle the security fence. Those who do not participate are threatened by the terror organization. Hamas is coercing Gazans to risk their lives.
Thus far, three Hamas cells have used the cover of these riots to fire at IDF soldiers and seven have attempted to dismantle the border fence. Facebook pages affiliated with Hamas are uploading maps that show the proximity of the riots to Israeli communities. “There’s no other way to understand these pictures than as a threat against these communities,” Brig. Gen. Manelis said. “There’s no other way to interpret them.”
Ismail Haniyeh, the senior political leader of the terror organization, has repeatedly stated that Hamas' intentions in dismantling the security fence is to infiltrate Israeli territory. Their goal is to wound, kill, and kidnap Israeli soldiers and civilians alike. “A sovereign nation cannot allow this,” Brig. Gen. Manelis stated.
The IDF has responded to the attempted infiltrations with seven strikes on Hamas military targets, located far from the 12 central locations in which Hamas has incited the riots. The IDF will continue to protect its territory form Hamas' threats.
The riots, which started on March 30th, Palestinian “Land Day,” are Hamas' way of covering their failures as a governing body. As Hamas drains its funds on tunnels and weaponry, its people have languished in poverty. Hamas leaders are calling on Gazans to storm the security fence, breach it, and carry out terror in Israeli territory under the guise of riots.