Gaza Border Saw Infiltration Attempts Amid Arrests in West Bank

Sunday, 17 February, 2019 - 12:30
Gaza - Asharq Al-Awsat

Israeli forces fired live ammunition towards infiltrators, fishing boats and open areas at the border with Gaza Strip, while it launched raids and arrests' campaign in the West Bank.

The Israeli army said it shot two Palestinians who tried to sneak into the borderline with Gaza Strip and threw homemade IEDs at soldiers along the border before returning back. The army spokesman said that a group of young Palestinians crossed the border fence in the Strip then returned to Gaza.

It announced a state of alert on the border in anticipation of similar attempts. Israeli sources said the army foiled a second attempt to infiltrate the border later on.

Attempts to sneak into military sites came at a time when Israel confirmed finding "incendiary balloons" in "kibbutz" in Gaza outskirts. Israeli sources said the balloon fell in the kibbutz without causing any injuries or damage.

In a subsequent development, the Israeli occupation forces opened fire on agricultural lands east of Gaza while the fishermen's boats were targeted at the Gaza sea. Local sources confirmed the incident, stressing that no injuries were reported.

Israeli naval forces opened fire targeting Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, one day after Friday clashes.

“At the moment, the road seems to lead to one direction, which is towards escalation,” said Israeli Maariv newspaper.

“There is an escalation in confrontations at the fence and fires will return after the rains stop falling,” the newspaper said. It pointed out that after 10 months of confrontations and marches of return, there no political progress looms on the horizon.

"It seems that the two sides believe that a new settlement will be achieved only after a military confrontation," it added.

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