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Hamas Escalates Confrontation With Israel

Hamas Escalates Confrontation With Israel

Sunday, 24 March, 2019 - 10:00
This picture from March 22, 2019, shows balloons carrying a make-shift drone-shaped object flying over the border with Israel east of Gaza City. (Said Khatib/AFP)
Ramallah - Kifah Ziboun
Hamas has escalated confrontation with Israel, sending internal and external messages related to slow truce talks with Israel and the popular movement against Hamas in Gaza.

The “night confusion units” announced Saturday that this week’s actions will be all along the eastern and northern Gazan border.

The units that usually burn tires, launch incendiary balloons and direct laser lights on soldiers near the fence “vowed to continue their unrest throughout next week between the hours of 7 pm until the first light of dawn,” according to the statement.

“Our stance is clear, either Israel lifts the blockade on Gaza or residents of border communities evacuate,” the statement by the units read.

Announcing the expansion of these activities comes weeks after they have been paused to grant a chance for an agreement in Gaza Strip and after Qatari funds started to flow into the strip before the debate arose in Jan.

While this seemed a message to mediators and Israel that the alternative of a truce is an escalation, there are also internal messages about an attempt to eradicate the popular movement against high prices.

Walid al-Awad, a senior member of the Palestinian People's Party, said that everyone should stop recruiting marches based on their own agendas because those who head to the fence are the same people who seek bread and dignity.

These marches fall within the strife of Palestinians that takes different forms, he added.

In his evaluation to the Marches of Return, Awad saw that there is an exaggeration in the way the occupation is dealing with the incendiary balloons. He stressed that “We should know pretty well how to use our methods in a way that reinforces our story as an opposed nation.”

The Marches of Return were launched to express the people’s wish in delivering a message to the world that this nation's rights were violated, he continued.

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