On October 12, the Israeli military announced that its soldiers eliminated a group of gunmen that detonated a bomb on the separation fence around the Palestinian Gaza Strip then attempted to attack a military position inside Israel territory.
The incident reportedly took place when thousands of Palestinians were protesting near the separation fence to demand the recognition of their “right of return.” So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Ministry of Health of Palestine announced that 7 Palestinians were killed and 140 others were injured by the Israeli military during the protests. However, the Israeli media claimed that at least 3 of the casualties were among the gunmen who attacked the Israeli military position.
Following the attack, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered a halt to the transfer of fuel into the Gaza Strip. The upcoming hours will likely witness a stronger response by Israel, that targets positions of the Hamas Movement in such cases.
Palestinians began protesting on a weekly basis in response to the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in late 2017. Since then, more than 160 protestors have been killed by the Israeli military.