On April 9 morning, the Israeli Air Force delivered an air strike on “Hamas” target in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said.
The strike allegedly hit a Hamas military compound after aa group of Palestinians allegedly broke the so-called security fence and brought improvised explosive devices into Israeli territory on on April 8.
The IDF views with great severity any attempt to damage the security fence or security infrastructure & will not allow the region to become a combat zone. Hamas is responsible for all events originating from the Gaza Strip & its consequences
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) 8 April 2018
The IDF slammed alleged Hamas’s attempts to turn the fence into a combat zone and to destroy Israel’s defense infrastructure with “great severity.”
The IDF went on claiming that it will not “allow cynical use of civilians as cover for terrorist activity against Israeli citizens and IDF forces and will respond to all attempts at this kind of terrorism.” This part of the statement is another attempt to justify a brutal crackdown on Palestinian protsts, which had erupted on March 30 and are set to continue until May 15.
The weekly “March of Return” rallies have faced a violent reaction from the IDF. Israeli forces ordered the protestors to stay at least 500 meters clear of the fence, but Palestinians continue to attempt to breach it. So far, at least 29 people have been killed and about 3,000 have been injured as a result of clashes with the IDF.