IDF Undercover Soldier Critically Injured In Gaza Unrest

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JERUSALEM (VINnews) — A Border Police undercover soldier was critically injured during riots by Palestinians on the Gaza border on Saturday afternoon. The soldier was transferred by helicopter to Soroka hospital where he is being treated for gunshot wounds.

Hundreds of Palestinians rioted near the Gaza border, throwing explosive devices and gasoline bombs at IDF forces. The violent disturbances which had ceased for a number of months restarted due to the pending agreement regarding Qatari money entering the Gaza strip, which Israel intends to prevent from reaching Hamas terrorist elements. During the disturbances an IDF undercover sniper was shot at point-blank range by a Gazan terrorist.

IDF forces used methods for dispersing demonstrations and shot at rioters who endangered lives. Palestinians reported 23 people injured including 2 in serious condition.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz referred to the violent protests on the border and promised that Israel would react. Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai said in response to the wounding of the border policeman that “we will not weaken our control and continue to act aggressively and with force against those who wish to harm us and to harm the security of Israeli citizens.” Shabtai also wished a speedy recovery to “Sergeant B”, the injured soldier.

The IDF spokesman said that during the riotous protests which continued for three hours, hundreds of demonstrators approached the border in one section of the northern Gaza strip. The demonstrators tried to climb the fence and threw devices at IDF soldiers. The soldiers used different methods to disperse the demonstrators, but gunfire from the Gaza strip critically injured one soldier. Other demonstrators tried to grab the weapon of an IDF soldier but he fought and succeeded in preventing them from stealing his weapon.

 


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