After Hamas announced further “demonstrations” on the border with Israel in Gaza and an Israeli soldier was seriously injured by the rioters at the weekend, the army moved more troops to the southern border. The new units include armored vehicles and snipers.
It is very difficult for the Israeli army to deal with these attacks on their border fence as the attackers are dressed as civilians and mingle with the crowds which include children. Every injured or killed Palestinian is used for media purposes and promoted ad nauseum as an example of Israeli (read Jewish) cruelty against the civilian population of Gaza.
End of balloon terror?
Hamas is reported to have promised Egyptian negotiators to stop its attacks on Israel with terror balloons. On Monday alone, nine fires in southern Israel were set off by balloons filled with explosives and released with the southern summer winds in the direction of the Jewish state.
Protests at the border crossing
This morning, Jewish activists blocked the transfer of goods at the Kerem Shalom border crossing into Gaza to demonstrate against the attempted murder of Israeli border police officer Barel Shmueli. Shmueli was shot in the head at close range during riots at the border fence and is currently in hospital after several emergency operations.
The Jewish demonstrators are calling for Israel to end supplies to Gaza, while Israeli politicians fear an increase in the potential for conflict if the standard of living in Gaza degenerates much further.