Israeli Military Fears Gaza Rocket Fire as Violence Spreads to Strip

Palestinian sources say Gaza rocket misfired; IDF to look into the killing of six Gazan protesters when hundreds of Palestinians attempted to reach the border fence with Israel.

Amos Harel
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A Palestinian protester, covered with blood, chants anti-Israel slogans during clashes with IDF near the border fence, October 9, 2015.
A Palestinian protester, covered with blood, chants anti-Israel slogans during clashes with IDF near the border fence, October 9, 2015.Credit: AP
Amos Harel
Amos Harel

At least one rocket was launched from Gaza toward Israel on Friday evening, Palestinian sources reported. They said that the rocket failed to reach Israeli territory and exploded inside the Gaza Strip.

Officials in the Israeli army were concerned at the possible ramifications of Friday's events in Gaza, in which at least six Palestinians were killed and scores wounded from Israeli fire. Hundreds of Palestinians marched on Friday toward the security fence in solidarity with West Bank residents.

In internal discussions held on Friday evening, officials voiced concern that the situation might prompt rocket fire into Israel from Gaza in wake of the death of protesters in the Strip.

A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes on the Israel-Gaza border, October 9, 2015.Credit: AP

The military says it plans to look into the soldiers' response to Gazans' storming of the security fence with Israel near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. Senior officers claimed that almost a thousand Palestinians approached the Gaza border fence, and noted that a hand grenade was thrown, but failed to detonate.

They further added that IDF forces were pelted with stones and firebombs, and that an attempt was made to set fire to a gateway leading into Israel.

Another incident occurred in the Khan Yunis area, in northern Gaza, near the Erez Crossing. Officials said the rally was orchestrated by the Islamic Jihad movement, but noted that Hamas security officials were at the scene, watching on and not preventing the Palestinians' advancement towards the fence.

The defense establishment is also concerned at a possible escalation in the West Bank, though they said that in contradiction of Palestinian reports, Friday's riots and demonstrations were calmer and attended by less people then in recent days.

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