Palestinian riots in the Beit Hanoun area of the Gaza Strip..
(photo credit: KOBI RICHTER/TPS)
About 10,000 Palestinians set tires aflame, and hurled rocks and explosive devices at IDF forces along the border on Friday during weekly “March of Return” demonstrations, as troops responded with crowd dispersal measures, as well as live fire.
Six Palestinians were injured, according to Palestinian Health Ministry reports.
“The Israeli government’s latest actions are a declaration of war against prisoners,” Ismail Radwan, a Hamas official in the Gaza Strip announced during the riots.
Radwan’s words were aimed at Interior Minister Gilad Erdan's decision
to lower the prison conditions for terrorists to make them as rigid as possible while still respecting international law.
“I have been saying since June 2018 that there is no escape from delivering a fatal blow upon Hamas, yet [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and the cabinet prevented that from happening time and time again,” Former defense minister Avigdor Liberman wrote on Facebook in response to the riots on the border. “Every time I wanted to act against Hamas, [I was] prevented – by the same people who claim in front of the media how they would treat Hamas ‘with an iron fist’ if they were in my position.”
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