Israel increases armoured presence at Gaza border amid continuing protests

Elias Hubbard
October 20, 2018

Egyptian intelligence officials met with Hamas and Israeli officials on Thursday in efforts to broker a cease-fire and ease months of deadly border protests.

Just Saturday morning, new attempts were made by Palestinian youths to breach the border in central Gaza.

And had the two rockets fired at Beersheba and central Israel Wednesday morning - the first of which destroyed a home - resulted in casualties, we would, of course, be in a completely different place right now.

Amnesty International expresses deep concern over Israel's announcement of a zero-tolerance policy toward peaceful Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. "A Reuters photographer counted some 60 tanks and armored personnel carriers at a deployment area near the strip, calling it the largest number he has seen there since the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas". They also expressed their full preparedness to confront any Israeli aggression against Palestinians.

"The situation is delicate".

The large Israeli military deployment on Friday came a day after Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East, said "we remain on the brink of another potentially devastating conflict, a conflict that nobody claims to want, but a conflict that needs much more than just words to prevent".

Some 10,000 Palestinians are taking part in clashes with the Israeli military on the border with the Gaza Strip, the press service of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said Friday.

Kites and balloons equipped with incendiary devices were launched across the border into southern Israel, and the Israeli army said one of its aircraft targeted a group of men launching balloons. Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005 but maintains tight control of its land and sea borders.

Instead, he slammed Israel for escalating the violence in and around Gaza, and for collectively punishing the residents of the coastal enclave for the actions of its Hamas overlords and their terrorist allies. The internationally-mediated peace process aimed at finding a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is all but moribund.

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