A Palestinian demonstrator reacts during a protest calling for lifting the blockade on Gaza, at the Israel-Gaza border fence in Gaza October 26, 2018.
(photo credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS)
Islamic Jihad announced that the weekly March of Return will not occur today. The March of Return protests have occurred almost weekly for nearly a year.
Since the protests began on March 30th, 2018, thousands of incendiary devices have been sent into Israel, burning thousands of acres of land. Terrorists have breached the border fence multiple times and throw explosives at IDF soldiers during the protests.
There have been multiple waves of rocket fire since March 2018. Yesterday, rockets were fired at Tel Aviv for the first time since Operation Protective Edge in 2014 and at Sderot and the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, prompting an intense response by the IDF. The rocket launch seems to have been a mistake.
The IDF has been accused of using disproportionate force in its response to the riots that occur on the border. Thousands of people attend the March every week, including both violent and non-violent protestors.Tovah Lazaroff and Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.
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