Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Officials with the Israeli Defense Forces warned on Saturday that it could take action against what they deem terrorists inside the Hamas-run Gaza Strip following massive Palestinian protests.
Brigadier General Ronen Manelis told reporters that the Hamas militant group was using Friday’s Palestinian protests as a cover for launching attacks on Israel.
Sixteen Palestinians were killed by security forces as thousands approached the Israeli border in five separate camps.
President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas said Tel Aviv must take “full responsibility” for the violence.
The United Nations Security Council condemned the bloodshed and its secretary general called for an independent probe.
Israeli forces said their actions came as they were repelling riots that broke out, and were praised by their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for “guarding the country’s borders”.
“Well done to our soldiers,” Mr. Netanyahu wrote in a statement.
“Israel acts vigorously and with determination to protect its sovereignty and the security of its citizens.”
The Great March of Return is a six-week protest ahead of the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding and the coinciding Arabic exodus, what the Palestinians call catastrophe or “nakba”.
More details to follow. Image of protests from The Crusader Journal.