IDF preparing for 'peaceful' Hamas riots along the Gaza border
The IDF is preparing with reinforced numbers and special means to combat the violent riots expected to break out once again Friday after mosque in the Gaza border, in the environment disaster dubbed “Friday of the Tires” during which Muslim terrorists are expected to set fire to some 10,000 tires and use mirrors to obscure visibility for army snipers.
In preparation for today’s Hamas-sponsored ‘peaceful’ riots, Muslim terrorists in Gaza build large slingshots to throw rocks and firebombs at IDF forces who are securing the border fence.
Six conflagration points are expected, from the northern part of Gaza to the southern part, with riots beginning in the morning and reaching a zenith in the afternoon—after traditional Muslim Friday prayers.
Hamas terror group, meanwhile, published instructions ahead of the riots in which it asked terrorists to cover their faces as best they can and to avoid using cellular phones.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman held status evaluations with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot Thursday regarding the riots, which may develop to confrontations, and instructed the army to prevent any harm coming to Israeli sovereignty.
“We have no interest in disrupting protests held deep within the strip,” IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis said.
“Smoke from 10,000 tries will not change the situation and we have prepared especially for that eventuality,” Manelis said. “It may be nothing more than a gimmick. Hamas has failed operationally but interprets the international response to its actions as support to continue on its path,” the army’s spokesperson added.
The simultaneous burning of so many tires in a relatively small area may have disastrous ecological ramifications. Due to the fear or such ecological damage, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai sent a letter to the head of the World Health Organization, in which he urged him to speak against the “ecological catastrophe” likely to be caused.
“The Hamas terrorist organization, which controls the Gaza Strip, has issued an order to burn about 10,000 tires this Friday along the border with Israel,” he wrote. “The burning of tires in such a huge quantity will cause severe damage to the ecosystem in the area, will severely harm the life, the flora and health of the residents, and will add to the severe damage to the aquifer and lead to unprecedented air pollution.
Brig.-Gen. Manelis added, “Hamas will attempt to once again carry out attacks under cover of the riots (Friday). It has failed in bringing civilians to the strip’s border, and so forces its own men to reach the encampments with their families. We have no intention of allowing these events to become weekly occurrences.”
COGAT Mordechai published a recording Thursday evening on COGAT’s Arabic-language Facebook page that revealed the manner in which Hamas is strong-arming executives of local bus companies to ferry rioters and terrorists to participate in border protests.