Thousands of Palestinian rioters staged massive violent demonstrations on Friday near the Israeli border, attacking IDF troops with improvised weapons.
Approximately 5,000 Palestinians rioted at three locations on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday, hurling rocks, firebombs and explosive devices at IDF troops.
According to health officials in Hamas-ruled Gaza, around 40 Palestinians were hurt in Friday’s unrest.
No Israeli casualties were reported.
Friday violence on the border has been a near-weekly occurrence since the Hamas-orchestrated “Great March of Return” demonstrations began in March 2018.
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a Security Cabinet meeting at an IDF base near the Gaza border.
“Our policy is clear: We want to restore the calm, but at the same time we are also prepared for a wide-ranging military campaign, if it proves necessary,” he said. “These are my instructions to the IDF.”