September 13, 2023 | Flash Brief

Gaza Fence Bombing Backfires, Killing Five Palestinians

September 13, 2023 | Flash Brief

Gaza Fence Bombing Backfires, Killing Five Palestinians

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Five Palestinians were killed on September 13 when a bomb they planned to detonate against Israeli troops at the Gaza Strip border fence went off prematurely. The blast, documented by an Israeli surveillance aircraft, took place during a violent Palestinian demonstration at the fence, to which soldiers responded with riot-dispersal methods. At least two dozen Palestinians were wounded in the confrontation.

In recent weeks, Gaza has seen so-far limited efforts to replicate the large-scale fence riots that Hamas orchestrated in 2018 and 2019 in a bid to upstage then President Trump’s moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Expert Analysis

“The 2018-19 fence riots exacted a heavy price on the Palestinians, with scores killed and many others injured by defensive Israeli fire. Such was the cynicism of Hamas: a terrorist group whose die-hard hostility forced Israel to fortify the border, sending young people as human shields to storm that border in the guise of protesters. Hamas is always eager to use Gaza’s civilians as its cannon fodder.” — Mark Dubowitz, FDD CEO

“First, Hamas brutally cracks down on demonstrations of Gazans protesting its leadership, then Hamas announced the resumption of the ‘return marches’ targeting the Israeli border. This is clearly a move to channel the anger and frustration of the people of Gaza against Israel, when the real culprit of their misery is the corrupt terror organization that rules the enclave.” — Enia Krivine, Senior Director of FDD’s Israel Program and National Security Network

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