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Israeli forces near the border in Gaza are attacked by Gaza protesters at night

Israeli forces near the border in Gaza are attacked by Gaza protesters at night

Hamas-backed activists staged the first of a series of nightly rallies along the Israeli border. According to organizers, the rallies were held to increase pressure on Israel to lift an economic blockade on Gaza that has wreaked havoc on the territory’s economy. During the Gaza-Israel confrontation in May, at least 260 Palestinians were murdered. In Israel, twelve people were murdered, including two children, as well as one soldier. In May, Israel halted aid payments, claiming the measure was required to prevent Hamas from benefiting from cash infusions.

Key Highlights

  • Hamas-backed activists staged the first of a series of nightly rallies along the Israeli border.
  • According to organizers, the rallies were held to increase pressure on Israel to lift an economic blockade on Gaza that has wreaked havoc on the territory’s economy.
  • During the Gaza-Israel confrontation in May, at least 260 Palestinians were murdered, including two children, as well as one soldier.
  • In May, Israel halted aid payments, claiming the measure was required to prevent Hamas from benefiting from cash infusions.
  • Israel and Hamas have been bitter adversaries since 2007, fighting four wars and several skirmishes.
  • The violence erupted again on Saturday night, indicating that the situation could quickly deteriorate.

Hundreds of Hamas-backed demonstrators staged the first of what they claimed would be a series of nocturnal rallies near the Israeli border, throwing bombs at Israeli police, who retaliated with live fire.

According to organizers, the protests, which are expected to continue throughout the week, are intended to increase pressure on Israel to lift a crushing economic siege on the Gaza Strip.

‘The occupation will not be peaceful until the blockade on our beloved land is lifted,’ said Abu Omar, a protester spokesman.

Since Hamas, a party dedicated to the destruction of Israel, gained control of Gaza in 2007, a year after winning Palestinian elections, Israel and Egypt have maintained the siege.

The barrier, which prevents products and people from entering and leaving Gaza, has wreaked havoc on the enclave’s economy. Since an 11-day war in May, Israel has tightened the blockade, demanding the return of two deceased soldiers’ remains and the release of two Israeli citizens held captive by Hamas.

Hundreds of Palestinian demonstrators were seen in Gaza on Saturday, according to amateur footage and images. As bombs burst, some looked to be throwing explosives and chanting in celebration.

According to the Israeli military, forces fired live bullets at the protestors in response to the explosives. There were no injuries on the Israeli side, according to the report.

Israeli fire wounded three protestors, according to Gaza health officials.

According to Gaza health officials, a 12-year-old Palestinian kid died from head wounds after being shot during a similar demonstration a week earlier.

In the same rally, a Palestinian man identified as Hamas’ military wing was slain, and a protester shot an Israeli soldier in the head from point-blank range. The soldier’s situation is still critical.

According to the Israeli fire service, Hamas-linked operatives released several incendiary balloons from Gaza on Saturday afternoon, causing two fires in southern Israel.

Israel and Hamas have been bitter adversaries since 2007, fighting four wars and several skirmishes. Israel claims the siege is vital to prevent Hamas from amassing weapons, but critics claim it is collective punishment.

Egypt has been trying to broker a longer-term cease-fire to lift the embargo, and it appeared to be making progress last week when it pressed Hamas to keep a border protest on Wednesday under control.

The next day, Israel announced that it would relax some of Gaza’s trade restrictions, allowing vehicles, supplies, and equipment for reconstruction projects to enter the Palestinian territory. If things stay quiet, Israel indicated the softening might continue.

On August 19, the Israeli government secured an agreement with Qatar, allowing the Gulf kingdom to resume aid payments to Gazan families in an effort to de-escalate tensions with Hamas. In May, Israel halted aid payments, claiming the measure was required to prevent Hamas from benefiting from cash infusions.

However, the violence erupted again on Saturday night, indicating that the situation could quickly deteriorate.

According to the Gaza health ministry, at least 260 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza-Israel war in May, including 67 children and 39 women. Hamas has confirmed the death of 80 militants. In Israel, twelve people were murdered, including two children, as well as one soldier.

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