Some of the estimated 15,000 rioters threw rocks and grenades at Israeli troops near the border fence with Gaza in the seventh straight week of Hamas-led riots, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday.
Rioters near the border fence with Israel reportedly threw grenades, pipe bombs, and rocks at soldiers. The IDF employed crowd dispersal methods in accordance with army regulations.
The IDF also said that rioters had attempted to damage the security fence and that it would use “all means necessary” to protect Israeli citizens on the other side.
The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry said that one person was killed and another 146 injured, The Times of Israel reported.
The IDF said that a number of flaming kites had been sent into Israel and started a number of fires. The fires were reported to be under control. One of the rioters flying the incendiary kites was reportedly hit by IDF fire.
Three Israelis who unsuccessfully tried to send an incendiary kite over the border fence, and instead started a fire inside Israel, were detained and held for questioning.
In the West Bank, near the community of Shavei Shomron, a soldier was injured Friday evening in a car-ramming attack. The driver escaped and is being sought. In a separate incident near Hebron, the car failed to hit a soldier and the driver was arrested.
This is the final Friday riot before the planned riots next week that Hamas leader, Yahya Sinwar, has termed “decisive.” The riots, which are to coincide with the opening of the United States embassy and the secular anniversary of Israel’s founding on Monday and Tuesday.
At a press conference Thursday, Sinwar envisioned “hundreds of thousands of people” storming the border fence with Israel. The terrorist group is using the riots as a political cover to pursue their end goal: the destruction of the Jewish State.
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