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Massive Forces Sent To Prevent Gazans From Storming Border

Posted by Atilla89 on February 25, 2008

Earlier this month, I started talking about the border between Egypt and Israel and how easy it would be for Palestinian terrorists to come across into Israel. Fast forward to now, where most of the Israeli military brass believe that there is going to be another Gaza break out, this time on Israel’s border.

In preparation for a large-scaled Palestinian protest march planned for Gaza on Monday, security forces mobilized along the security fence Sunday night in an effort to head off a replay of last month’s Rafah border-storming at the Erez or Kissufim crossings.

A joint statement issued by the Foreign and Defense ministries blamed Hamas for fanning the flames and endangering Gazan civilians.

“Hamas, not for the first time, is orchestrating a premeditated effort to put civilians on the front line. Israel does not get involved in demonstrations that occur within the Gaza Strip, but Israel will defend itself and prevent incursions into its sovereign territory. Israel is working to prevent an escalation, but has made it absolutely clear that if there is an escalation, the responsibility will be entirely on Hamas’s shoulders,” the statement read.

It would be interesting to see what would happen if Hamas would actually follow through with their threats.

But security forces are concerned that the protesters – or organizers – will not be satisfied with the symbolic imagery and might try to make good on threats issued by a Hamas leader last month that the Erez crossing would become the next Rafah.

In a worst-case scenario, Hamas activists could motivate the crowds to storm the Gaza security fence, particularly at “weak spots” where Israeli communities or army bases abut the strip. Areas such as the Erez crossing, Kissufim, Nahal Oz and Netiv Ha’asara are considered to be particularly at risk.

Now this is what everybody’s afraid, not only would this action most likely cause a lot of people their lives but the problems would occur if Hamas actually did make it to Erez and successfully stormed it. This could lead to a major influx into Israel proper instead of the Sinai. Imagine, dozens of terrorists running around the negev… No community south of Jerusalem would be guaranteed of their safety.

While some Hamas officials have denied organizing an attempt to breach the border, others have hinted that such a human surge – involving women and children – might in fact occur.

“The next time Gazan residents protest the ongoing siege, they will do so on the border with Israel, and not on the border with Egypt,” Israel Radio quoted one senior Hamas official as saying on Sunday.

Over the weekend, the IDF was already rushing large forces to the Gaza border in anticipation of civilian unrest after gasoline supplies in the territory ran out on Saturday for all but emergency service vehicles.

Immigration Absorption Minister Ya’acov Edri (Kadima) said Sunday that the government was ready for any scenario resulting from Palestinians trying to breach the border crossings.

I’ve heard that before…

Also Sunday, an all-day IDF operation in the southern Gaza Strip, near the defunct Dahiniye airstrip, bore fruit in the afternoon, when Givati infantry, Armored Corps units and combat engineers uncovered five tunnels used to smuggle arms from Sinai into Gaza. In the course of the operation, 50 Palestinians were detained for questioning on suspicion of involvement in a terrorist organization.

Six Kassams were fired Sunday at the Negev.

One Response to “Massive Forces Sent To Prevent Gazans From Storming Border”

  1. […] IDF, Israel, Middle-East, Palestine — Atilla89 @ 9:42 am Yesterday I talked about the huge amount of IDF forces on the Gaza Strip border to counter-attack the perceived threat of the Palestinian protests. At least 40,000 people were […]

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