Hamas: “We are declaring a general mobilization in all places where our people are located.”
As Israel faces a spate of terrorist attacks, the country’s military has ramped up operations to secure the border fence along the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are bolstering the security barrier and beefing up border patrols amid a terror wave that claimed 14 innocent lives in recent months. Many of the terrorists who carried out these attacks came from the territories under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA).
The surge in Palestinian terror attacks and rioting began in late March with the advent of the Muslim month of Ramadan and now threatens to overshadow the Passover celebrations in Israel. Israeli authorities expect more Palestinian violence as Jews prepare for the weeklong Passover festivities on Friday, April 15.
“Israeli security forces are gearing up for a tense Passover holiday, with hundreds of IDF troops and police officers deployed,” the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday. “Troops have been given clear instructions to prevent any and all Palestinians from illegally crossing into Israel and have been ordered to fire at the lower body of those who attempt to cross-if necessary.”
The Times of Israel reported IDF’s efforts to stave off Palestinian intruders:
The Israel Defenses Forces and Defense Ministry have begun engineering work along the West Bank security barrier in order to close gaps used by Palestinians to enter Israel illegally, the military announces.
The army says it is fixing holes along dozens of kilometers of the fence and is digging trenches to prevent vehicles from crossing through the so-called “seam zone” area along the West Bank security barrier.
In addition, other efforts are being made to strengthen defenses along the barrier, the IDF says.
“‘Our task is to close the seam zone in a way that will not allow illegal passage,” IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi says from the scene. “We will continue to operate in any place, with any method, and to the extent necessary to thwart terror. In recent days, we have significantly strengthened the area with forces and engineering means in order to improve the barrier’s infrastructure.”
The IDF imposed a security lockdown on border crossings to stem the surging wave of Palestinian violence. “Security officials have ordered the general lockdown of all border crossings between PA and Israeli territory, including the Gaza Strip, until Saturday night,” Israeli TV channel Arutz Sheva reported Thursday. “A security assessment will be held then regarding further courses of action,” the broadcaster added.
The Israeli TV channel i24News reported IDF’s counter-terrorism response as Palestinians threatened to escalate more violence:
The Israeli army made several arrests in the West Bank on Thursday morning, while two Palestinians were killed in clashes, adding to three killed in security operations a day earlier.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) arrested Mu’ad Hamed, a terrorist who took part in an attack that killed Malachi Rosenfeld in 2015.
The army and border police also surrounded a house in the village of Silwad and arrested three wanted people suspected of planning an attack with Hamed.
Clashes also broke out between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian rioters overnight in Nablus.
Two Palestinians were killed during an exchange of gunfire with Israeli soldiers during overnight clashes — one in Husan near Bethlehem and the other in Silwad near Ramallah. (…)
On Wednesday, the leaders of Gaza’s terror groups came together to issue a unified call for escalation against Israel, as tension mounts around the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, had called for it after vowing to end the actions of Jewish activists at the holy site “at any cost.”
“We declare a general mobilization in all places where our people are. We call on the masses to come out in their hundreds of thousands to protect our nation and our mosque,” the Gaza groups said in a statement.
The IDF’s operations on the border come as terrorist organization Hamas called on Muslim worshipers in Jerusalem to “mobilization” against Israel. “We call on our people to march and go out in the hundreds of thousands to hold Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa,” the Gaza-based jihadi group said in a statement reported Thursday. “We are declaring a general mobilization in all places where our people are located,” the terror outfit added.
Last year’s Palestinian ‘mobilization’ led to violent attacks against Jews across Israel and was followed by thousands of rockets being fired by Hamas and its Gaza-based terrorist allies on Israeli towns and cities.
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